Archaeological sites in the state of Quintana Roo

The archeological site of Muyil in Mexico

The archeological site of Muyil in Mexico ©Tim Gage/Flick

Mexico is a very diverse country that can offer you fascinating archaeological sites, Mayan and Aztec pyramids surrounded by green jungle, giant statues carved in stone by the Olmeca civilization, gods immortalized in stone, deified ancient kings and devout Catholic religion, cenote, colonial architecture, popular colorful festivals and varied cultural traditions.

As the archeological sites in Mexico are so many, today we would like to present you only the most important ones in the state of Quintana Roo. These inlcude Muyil, Tulum, Coba and Kohunlich.

 

Muyil

The Muyil archeological site in the state of Quintana Roo is also known as Chunyaxché. It is located at 15 km from Tulum and is one of the oldest and longest inhabited ancient Maya sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. Its ruins are an example of the Peten architecture  with pyramids with very steep walls, as it is in Tikal in Guatemala. It was built in the Sian Ka’an lagoon, a poetic name, which means “the place where the sky was born”.

The archeological site of Muyil in Mexico

The archeological site of Muyil in Mexico ©Tim Gage/Flick

Tulum

On your stay in Cancun you can spend a day visiting Tulum, the only vestige of a fortified Mayan city in the Caribbean. This archeological site in Quintana Roo is legendary, big and majestic, Tulum is definitely the most impressive and breathtaking site. It is one of the best preserved Mayan sites, it s name means “wall or ditch”, this name coming from the surrounding walls which had served as a defense against invasion. Among the most spectacular buildings of the site is the Temple of frescoes.

The archeological site of Tulum in Mexico

The archeological site of Tulum in Mexico ©Beatnik Photos/Flick

Kohunlich

Kohunlich is an archaeological site in the state of Quintana Roo of the great pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. It is located on the Yucatan Peninsula at about 25 km east of the Rio Bec region. The city was elaboratedly planned and designed  with high platforms and pyramids, castles, courtyards and markets surrounded by platforms.

The archeological site of Kohunlich in Mexico

The archeological site of Kohunlich in Mexico ©WolfgangM/Flick

Coba

The archeological site of Coba is located between two lagoons. A series of vertical stones and radial alleys, known under the Mayan term for Sacbe (plural sacbeob) unite the central site with several smaller sites nearby. At 10 min from Coba is located the the Multun Ha cenote, which means “The hill of Stone from the Water”. This name is given to the fact that you can see a pile of rocks that look like Mayan ruins. It was discovered 15 years ago, but it was opened the public only some years ago.

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