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Copán Ruinas
Keywords: Mayas, UNESCO
With the site of Copán, in Honduras, I conclude my visits of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Maya world. I'm currently in Guatemala and I crossed the border for a few hours in order to visit this important site. As I mentioned last week after I visited Quiriguá, Copán is also a very important site to understand the Maya civilization because it is extremely rich in written history left behind. Copán is also sometimes referred to as the Paris of the Maya world because it was a city of arts and architecture. It represents what the Mayas did best in terms of those fields. more...

Quiriguá
Keywords: Mayas, UNESCO
The last ruins I visited, Tikal, are by far the most visited in Guatemala. The ones I visited today are certainly the UNESCO site the least visited in the country. I was there at 10 AM, and I was the only visitor on the site... I encountered a few more visitors on my way out, an hour later. Quiriguá is not as spectacular as can be star sites like Chichen Itza or Palenque in Mexico... but its probably more important than any other Mayan site (exception made of Copán, Honduras, I'll visit next week). more...

Tikal
Keywords: Mayas, pre-hispanic, Ruins, UNESCO
I like to go early on an archeological site to be there before the crowds and have a chance to take nice pictures without people in them. Usually the sites open at 8 AM and the bus tours arrive around 10, leaving me some time to do the visit and take pictures. In the case of Tikal, it's a lot different. There are tours to bring you there to watch the sunrise leaving Flores at 3 AM so we can enter the ruins park around 4 AM, to have time to cross the site and reach the pyramid for the sunrise viewing. There are a few groups who are there at the same time... so even though it's pitch black out there... you can have easily up to 100 people roaming the location. I had picked my date after watching the weather forecast... and today was a clear sky day with a few clouds. Unfortunately, I still wasn't lucky. more...


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...

Chichén Itzá
Keywords: Mayas, pre-hispanic, UNESCO
I was looking forward with great anticipation my visit to Chichén Itzá. It's probably the most famous Mexican site outside the country (almost everyone has heard about it) and it's a major site in the history of the Mayas. It's in close distance from the Riviera Maya, so it's constantly flooded with tourists. I arranged myself to be there early in the morning, before the arrival of the bus tours. It was a nice visit, the weather was incredible and I really enjoyed my visit into this famous city. more...

Uxmal
Keywords: Mayas, UNESCO
Uxmal is the second Mayan site I've visited so far, and it's considered by the experts as the best of the design of that rich civilization. Since it's relatively close to the Riviera Maya flooded with tourists, there are many tours reaching Uxmal from major cities like Cancún. more...
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