Tailor Made Mexico: Legends of the Maya
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Located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the fascinating Mundo Maya Region,
Merida provides a looking glass that reveals both colonial influence and the
mystique of an ancient civilization. In fact, the city is built on the exact
site of an indigenous ceremonial center.
Easily one of the best way to see Merida is by climbing into a calesa - a
high-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage. The city is also easily explored by foot.
As you amble past whitewashed houses, through lively marketplaces and around
the flower-filled Plaza Mayor, you'll begin to feel as if you've stepped back
in time. You can also visit one of Mexico's oldest cathedrals, built from the
stones of a Mayan temple, explore Paseo Montejo, a Parisian-style boulevard
lined with Victorian mansions, and visit the treasure-filled museums.
Wind down with the friendly locals in the welcoming bars and restaurants of
the old colonial district. If you want to travel even further back in time,
you'll find Merida is surrounded by one of the richest collections of Mayan
ruins in Mexico. Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Dzibilchaltun, and more are just a short
From the Alameda, a leafy center of activity since Aztec times, to the Zona Rosa, a chic shopping neighborhood, Mexico City offers endless options to urban adventurers.
Founded by the Aztecs as Tenochtitlán in 1325, Mexico City is both the oldest and the highest (7,349 ft) metropolis on the North American continent. And with nearly 24 million inhabitants, it is the most populous city in the world. It is Mexico's cultural, political, and financial core -- braving the 21st century but clinging to its deeply entrenched Aztec heritage.
You only need to stand in the center of the Plaza of Three Cultures to visually comprehend the undisputed significance of this city. Here, the remains of an Aztec pyramid, a colonial church, and a towering modern office building face one another, a testament to the city's prominence in ancient and contemporary history. Located at the heart of the Americas, Mexico City has been a center of life and commerce for more than 2,000 years. The Teotihuacán, Toltec, Aztec, and European conquistadors all contributed to the city's fascinating evolution, art, and heritage. Although residents refer to their city as simply México (meh-hee-koh), its multitude of ancient ruins, colonial masterpieces, and modern architecture has prompted others to call it "The City of Palaces."
The central downtown area resembles a European city, dominated by ornate buildings and broad boulevards, and interspersed with public art, parks, and gardens. This sprawling city is thoroughly modern and, in places, unsightly and chaotic, but it never strays far from its historical roots. In the center are the partially excavated ruins of the main Aztec temple; pyramids rise just beyond the city.
Uxmal (OOSH-mahl) means "'built three times" in the Mayan language, and though its name is a mystery, its beauty is not. As a World Heritage site, it is one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan, and certainly one of the most magnificent. Its architecture, some of the most majestic of the Yucatan ruins, is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with rich sculptural elements and details.
Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza” is a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people of the Terminal Classic period AD 600 - 900. This city is an archaeological site located in the Yucatan State of Mexico. Towards the end of the Early Classic period, the city of Chichen Itza became a major capital that focused on dominating the political, sociocultural, economical and ideological life of northern Maya. Until the 13th century, according to Maya chronicles, Hunac Ceel, ruler of Mayapan conquered Chichen Itza however the city and its government collapsed. In 1526, the Spanish Conquistadors discovered a local population of Mayans and successfully conquered Chichen Itza. Present-day Chichen Itza was excavated and is under federal protection. It is listed under the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage site. Popular tourist destinations include the famed photographed Chicen Itza, El Castillo “The Castle” a cosmological symbol that contains 365 steps, 52, panels, and 18 terraces. Other visited sites include the Temple of Warriors, the Chichen Itza courtyard and the Temple of the Thousand Columns.
Campeche is located in southeast Mexico, west of the Yucatan Peninsula and one of 31 states of Mexico. It was founded on top of an old Maya town called Ah Can Pech meaning “place of snakes and ticks.” When founded in 1540, Spanish conquistadors renamed it “San Francisco de Campeche.” 16th century medieval forts and walls were built to secure the port of the Peninsula from pirates. By the 1800’s this seaside town gained its independence from Spain. This Colonial town is currently the 2nd largest city after Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula and preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travelers are lured by the Mexican charm and its many festivals and carnivals. Visitors can walk along medieval streets and marvel at 16th century Spanish churches, stroll Malecon, a 3-mile sea wall with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, relive the past with a play at Puerta de Tierra, and climb the stairs of the Edzna Maya Site.
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