Maya Ruins in Central America

The Maya Ruins are native people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously colonized the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras.
The Mayas come from the earliest Yucatan city of Mayapan, the last capital of the Mayan Kingdom in the Post-Classic era. The Maya people refer to themselves by ethnicity and language bonds such as Quiche in the south or Yucatec in the north.

The `Mysterious Maya’ have intrigued the world since their `discovery’ in the 1840’s by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood but, in reality, but when people started knowing them, most of the things were not mysterious.

 

Maya Ruins in Central America

Where Was The Mayan Civilization Located:

The ancient Mayans lived in southern Mexico and northern Central America as well as Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Yucatán Peninsula and El Salvador. Their family still live there today, and many of them speak the Mayan languages.

Wall of Skulls at Chichen Itza

How Old Are The Mayan Ruins:

The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands, Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and authority around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making, and mathematics. They left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork.

Most of the great stone cities of the Maya were discarded by A.D. 900, however, and since the 19th-century scholars have discussed much time what had the actual reason behind their thespian Decline.

Maya-Ruins-in-Central-America

Mayan Temple:

The Mayan civilization was very rich in their culture, religion, and arts. They had left behind the masterpieces of architecture. Stunning Mayan temples are examples of those masterpieces which are still existing in central America.

Some of them are as follows:

Maya Temple

1.Lamanai:

It locates in northern Belize, Lamanai was once greatly big Maya city. Archaeological work has gathered on the inquiry and reinstallation of the larger structures such as the High Temple. It was a 33-meter tall temple.

Lamanai

2.Coba

Coba in Mexico was a vast and old Maya city. About 50,000 people existed there. Most of its monuments built between 500 and 900 AD. They build new temples and repair the old ones. Until 14th century.

Coba

3.Caracol:

It is on the Vaca Plateau, 500 meters (1650 ft) high from sea level, Caracol is the major Maya site in Belize. It was once one of the largest ancient Maya cities, covering some 168 square kilometers.

Caracol

4.Chichen Itza

El Castillo is the nickname of one of the most impressive Mayan temples that dominate the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is the great Mayan city. The design of the temple has enormous importance. Each side of the pyramid has a stairway. Each stairway has 91 steps, and to add up them together make a figure of 365 which shows the number of days in a year.

Chichen Itza

Can You Climb Chichen Itza?:

No one can climb from Chichen Itza now because of the death of a woman in 2006. Climbing is strictly restricted.

Best Mayan Ruins In Belize:

Belize is famous as the epicenter of the ancient Maya world. There were 2 million people who were living in Belize once. Holy temples, pyramids, advanced science, agriculture, mathematics, palaces, and impressive structures are their gift for people of this era. They reach the peak in the dark age, even when the shine of Europe was very dim. They earn that much success even without using of iron and the wheel.

Some best ruins in Belize are as follows:

1.Xunantunich

Xunantunich means “maiden of the rock” or “stone woman” in Maya. It locates on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz. One can reach there by fairy between 8 am and 5 pm. This site is almost one mile away from Mopan River, and it has a stunning view of the entire gorgeous river valley. Xunantunich is a Classic Period ritual center.

The site hub occupies only 300 square meters, but the margin covers several square kilometers. On the main palace, the building is an astronomical carved wall painting.

Xunantunich

The highest ruin:

The greatest destruction is 133 feet tall, the second tallest ruin in all of Belize. More than 25 temples, Six major plazas, and palaces and a new museum are just some of the reasons why Xunantunich is one of the most visited and most being loved sites for tourist.

  1. Altun Ha Maya Ruins

Altun Ha locates at 31 miles north of Belize City on the Old Northern Highway. There is a two-mile dirt road connects the main road to the site. The area around the Altun Ha is full of wild life. It has armadillos, bats, squirrels, agouti, paca, foxes, raccoons, coati, tapir and the white-tailed deer.

There are Two hundred species of birds have been recorded, and there are great crocodiles that inhabit the Maya-made water pool. Altun Ha, a significant ritual and vital trade hub during the traditional Period. It has two principal plazas. A unique find of Altun Ha is the “Jade Head,” which represents the Mayan Sun God, Kinich Ahau. It is the largest object carved of jade in the Maya civilization.

Altun Ha

   3.Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Cahal Pech is to located on an impressive hill that provides the view of the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The name of the site means “Place of Ticks” in the Yucatecan Maya language. This name was in the 1950’s when the area around the location used for meadow.

Cahal Pech

 

 

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