Discover Mexico's Ancient World
In Spite of prevailing theories, the Americas may have hosted and sustained ancient civilizations long before man allegedly crossed the Bering Straits, with recent evidence indicating early humans may have possibly inhabited the continent for over 50,000 years.
But regardless when America's first society actually surfaced, the remnants and ruins of earlier continental residents, both historical and ancient, leave behind monumental testimony of the accomplishments of those that came before us.
For the explorer-at-heart, there are plenty of great and little known destinations from the tip to the top of the Americas where you can feel this historical presence of early man. From ancient ruins of lost northmen in the cold reaches of the great Northwest to the Peruvian desert ruins of a civilization that hasn't yet been identified, history awaits the traveler looking for answers the ancient world might provide.
Mexico Less Traveled invites you to discover the forgotten lands of the Central America. Join us for the ultimate in historical adventures and discover ancient sites and secrets that await your exploration of rare and mysterious lands. Explore the ancient worlds of the Maya, Toltec, Olmec, Aztec, Zapotec, and others.
Explore our ever-growing list of links to articles and resources about America's ancient past and check back often for updates. Modern archeology, in spite of its progressive posture, is barely scratching the surface of the ancient American world. New discoveries are constantly being made.
There's a lot of good reasons for an adventure to the ancient Maya City of Chichen Itza. But a visit during the spring or fall equinox is an experience long remembered. Thousands flock each year to watch the shadow of the serpent appear as the cosmos align perfectly to create the errie and mysterious visual effect. Discover the equinox at Chichen Itza and explore the world of the Maya. MORE
Mexico's Teotihuacán is a sacred ancient site high in the mountains of Central Mexico stands an ancient city, a masterful work of sophisticated layout and engineering; a city that was the third largest in the world at the time of its glory; a city whose builders remain a mystery; a city where great pyramids were built and a complex system of government and religion flourished; a place they call "the City of Gods." MORE
There are special places you can visit, mystical locations that some call "places of power". Palenque, carpeted by a sea of green jungle and clothed in history and legend, is a reminder of how early American civilization flourished for hundreds of years in this lush, tropical region of southern Mexico. Discover the mysteries and myths of Palenque and walk the realm of the jaguar.
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Mysterious and mystical, the ancient Zapotec and Mixtec built grand cities like Monte Alban. Famous for their handwoven weavings, villagers of Teotitlan del Valle are fine artists and craftsmen even today. Nearby animal carvers make for some of the most colorful moments in Mexico's cultural arts. Discover how these ancient lands were a favorite tradiing spot of the ancient world. MORE
The Mayan ruins at Comalcalco, near the modern city of Villahermosa in Tabasco State, are more than a small mystery to archaeologists and other researchers who are studying the unique architectural style of the ancient city. Instead of limestone blocks, oven-baked bricks were used, like the ones used in Rome. And there are other clues! Could there be a connection?
Uxmal was the greatest metropolitan and religious center in the Puuc hills in the late classical period. It thrived between the 7th and 10th centuries AD and its numerous architectural styles reflect a number of building phases. Recent studies have suggested that Uxmal was the capital of a regional state that traded extensively with Chichen Itza in the late classic period.
Paquime has a dark, stormy history say archaeologists, a past shrouded in mystery. How did this remarkable cross-culture city come to be the arid and rugged country of Northern Mexico? Part Meso-American, part Puebloan, the city may have its roots deeper than thought. Some say the area attracts meteorites from the sky, making it the perfect place to study the stars.
San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán is actually three ancient Olmec sites located near Veracruz on the warm Gulf of Mexico and represent one of oldest known cultures of Mexico. Perhaps forerunners of the Zapotec and Maya, the Olmec are steeped in mystery, their remaining cities, or the ruins thereof, tantilizingly protective of the history that played out along the coast.
Yaxchilan, in the jungle basin of Chiapas on the southern Mexican border with Guatemala, is a remarkable site rich in Maya history. Located deep in the rain forrest of Central Mexico near the Peten region of Guatemala is known for its rich archetecture and its copal resin and dyes processed from Brazil wood, used in Maya ritual. Dark and shrouded in mystery, one can sense the power of the place.
Tulum, formerly known as Zama, or The City of The Dawn, is one of the most beautiful and significant sites of Yucatec Maya, located on the Caribbean Coast in the State of Quintana Roo. It is widely considered the last city built and inhabited by the Mayans prior to the arrival of the Spanish. Visitors can roam the ancient site while taking in breathtaking ocean views. A trading and religious center, Tulum was an amazing site to Spanish ships. MORE
Teotihuacan's massive Pyramid of the Sun on the Avenue of the Dead
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