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What I've seen in Mexico
Keywords: Biosphere, Historic, Mayas, monument, pre-Columbian, pre-hispanic, professional sport, pyramids, Ruins, summary, UNESCO
Mexico is a rich country in terms of history and people, even if it's not that rich in financial terms. It is the country in the Americas with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites sites (32), most of them (27) are related to history or culture. Its territory has been the home of very important civilizations for more than 3 000 years. Each of the major civilizations who occupied the current Mexico territory left important traces through their abandoned cities. In their apogee, many of those cities were amongst the largest of the world in their time. more...

Historical Centre of Oaxaca and Monte Albán
Keywords: city, pyramids, Ruins, UNESCO
This UNESCO site includes three locations in and around the city of Oaxaca. The first one is the old historical centre, then there is the magnificent Monte Albán and the small village of Cuilapan where the Dominicans set up a large monastery (which I didn't visit). I walked a lot within the old Oaxaca and this morning I spent almost 3 hours exploring Monte Albán. The site is very spectacular and on site, I learned something impressive about the site itself... it's been recently named the best UNESCO World Heritage site in the world by a panel of experts. more...

El Tajin
Keywords: pre-hispanic, pyramids, UNESCO
At first, I didn't plan to go to El Tajin, but after I met another traveller on the El Chepe train, I decided it was worth a look. And yes, it was worth it. It's a site quite different from other pyramids sites I've encountered so far in Mexico, because it's very densely packed, probably because of the surrounding hills and the pyramids are quite fragile and not accessible to the visitors. But overall, it's a very interesting site, that is easily accessible. more...

Xochicalco
Keywords: pyramids, UNESCO
It's name signifies “in the house of flowers” and it's a very important site for the pre-hispanic history of Mexico. It was built around year 650 and was burned and abandoned around year 900. But during its 250 years of existence, the site was an important trading post along many commercial roads in the Mesoamerica. It's location and isolation helped in preserving the site throughout the centuries, but also makes it difficult to reach for visitors. more...
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