If exploring ancient sites and archeological wonders is your idea of a great vacation, you could spend years exploring what Mexico has to offer. Many of the sites are world-renowned, but you can still find hidden treasures that have seen very little traffic and are still largely unexplored.
If exploring ancient sites and archeological wonders is your idea of a great vacation, you could spend years exploring what Mexico has to offer. Many of the sites are world-renowned attractions, but you can still find hidden treasures that have seen very little traffic and are still largely unexplored.

Tulum (Yucatan Peninsula)
Despite the beautiful Mexican coastal areas, the Mayans were not known for their beachfront building. Tulum is the exception of the rule, as well as being the only walled city the ancient culture ever built. It is a relatively small site, but makes up for that with incredible detail and insight into daily Mayan life. One of the most-visited Mayan sites, Tulum is a must for any archeological tourist trip. Arrive early to avoid the crowds! Guides are available.

Palenque (Chiapas)
The mystery of Palenque starts with its name, which is the one given to it by the Spanish conquistadors. The true Mayan name for the site has yet to be discovered. The 10-square-mile site contains more than 500 structures, though the fully excavated sites are in a fairly compact area. Unlike some tourist attraction sites that require daily travel, Palenque has its own town nearby with a variety of accommodations and excellent food. On the site itself, there is a visitor's center, a museum, a restaurant, a library and folk art shops should you decide your stunning photographs aren't quite enough to commemorate your visit to this amazing jewel of the rain forest.

Yagul (Oaxaca)
Yagul is as old as Monte Alban, but its useful life outlasted that site. Its beautiful hillside location is split into three parts, one of which contains the largest ball court in Oaxaca. The similarities to Monte Alban extend to the architecture, but Yagul is distinguished by its prized hieroglyphics, facades and engravings which have lasted the centuries amazingly well. Yagul is a photographer's paradise and the dream of many tourist, with vistas from the hills around from within the site that will make your vacation pictures look like postcard shots.

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