Uxmal is an ancient Mayan city located 38 miles south of Merida, the capital city of the state of Yucatan, Mexico. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it contains one of the most important archeological sites of the Mayans, including the Pyramid of the Magician and the House of the Doves. It is a popular tourist destination with hotels and a museum within walking distance to the site.
Cenote Dos Ojos is a flooded cave system located north of Tulum on the Caribbean Coast on the Yucatan Peninsula Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is known officially as Sistema Dos Ojos. Cenotes is the local name for the sinkhole entrances. The cave system encompases 51 miles and is still being explored. The name Dos Ojos refers to two large cenotes that resemble two large eyes into the underground.
Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo on the southeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This is a renowned vacation spot with tourists coming from all over the world to enjoy the beaches, beautiful hotels and restaurants. It is just north of Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort band know as the Riviera Maya.
San Francisco de Campeche, also known as just “Campeche” is located in the state of Campeche, Mexico, on the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico. Campeche serves as the Capital of the state of Campeche and has a population of over 200,000 people. The city has earned the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its preservation and the quality of the architecture. The city has retained most of the wall fortifications built to defend it from the pirates of the Carribbean.
Calakmul is located in the state of Campeche in southeastern Mexico about 22 miles north of the Guatamalan border. It is a Maya archeological site discovered deep in the jungles of the Peten Basin region. The name was given the site by its discoverer, Cyrus L. Lundell, and means “City of the Two Adjacent Pyramids.”there are 6,750 ancient structures the largest is the great pyramid and the second pyramid is also one of the tallest of the Maya pyramids.
Cuzama Celestun is a town located in the northwest corner of Yucatan State, Mexico, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The town is part of Celestun Biosphere Reserve which is a wetland reserve that is the migratory home for flocks of flamingos, herons and more than 200 other bird species that pass through or reside permanently there. It is also refuge for endangered sea turtle hatchlings. Celestun is popular for its beaches and abundant wildlife.
Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park is located on the northern part of the Cordillera Baja California Mountain Range called the Sierra de San Pedro Martir. The park is located in Baja California Sur, Mexico. It protects one of the few pine tree forests on the Baja California Peninsula. The park also protects habitats for the Bighorn Sheep as well as the California Condor. Mexico’s largest optical telescope is located at the National Astronomical Observatory on the nearby peak of Cerro del la Cupula.
Monte Alban is one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica. Its ruins are located in the southern part of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico within the municipality of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan. Oaxaca City, the state capital, is approximately 6 miles east of Monte Alban. The ancient city had been the political and economic center for almost a thousand years. Founded about 500 B.C. it dominated much of Oaxacan highlands until it lost its power and was abandoned around 500 A.D.
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Oaxaca City, also known as Oaxaca de Juarez, is the largest city and capital of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains from the base of the Cerro del Fortin to the banks of the Atoyac River. Oaxaca is a tourist town, featuring colonial-era buildings built with the native green stone and archeological sites such as Monte Alban, named a World Heritage Site in 1987.
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