Tulum Beach, Riviera Maya

LATIN AMERICAN RUINS YOU MUST SEE

When people think of historic ruins in Latin
America, it’s a good bet that most of the
popular attractions come to mind: Machu
Picchu in Peru, and Tulum and Chichen Itza
in Mexico, for starters.

The truth is that Latin America is dotted
with ruins that are smaller and not as well-
known, and regardless of their stature or
size, these sites still provide a fascinating
window into the daily life and history of
people and cultures that disappeared
many centuries ago.

Traveling the Mayan Riviera

The Mayans, of course, left behind so
many artifacts and archaeological sites
that were once bustling, well-populated
communities throughout Central America
and Mexico, that thousands of graduate
students, historians, and authors around
the world are able to build entire careers
from ongoing research.

But in addition to the Mayans and Incas,
there are many other tribes and native
people that have also left their marks
throughout the region. In fact, one of the
newer ruins in the area is actually less
than a century old, and was constructed by
an American automotive icon in the
jungles of Brazil.

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No matter which ruin you choose, here’s
my advice. When you first arrive, take a
guided tour of the site, and then spend
some time wandering around on your
own. Then, at some point, just stop. Stand
in the middle of the pyramids, collapsed
rock piles and walls, or long-abandoned
caves, and just close your eyes. Try to
imagine it as a bustling, vibrant
community.

It may just take you some time to open
them again.

Source: Fox News http://ow.ly/8CPzf

One response

  1. Having visited Mexico several times, I can confirm that there are many amazing sites to visit, on a first trip it make sense to visit the major site, then plan future visits to other less well known places (which are often more atmospheric and interesting) It is also sensible to allow some beach time at the end of your trip to relax and chill out.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:53 am

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