Mexico Offers Rich History Among Ancient Ruins
PHOTO: Chichen Itza, Mexico (Courtesy Thinkstock)
One of the best things about taking a vacation to Mexico is that you are almost sure to be within close proximity to a number of sites with significant historical or cultural meaning.
Especially when you stay at Playa Hotels & Resorts.
This is a region with a rich, colorful history and many strong traditions and customs. Specifically, a few of the particular areas where you can discover many historical treasures include Tulum, Chichen Itza and Xel-Ha.
Tulum is where you can explore amazing archeological treasures while also enjoying incredible ocean views. Situated along the Riviera Maya coastline, this city is perched above the ocean—making it unique among historical sites in the region. The most prominent site here is El Castillo (The Castle), a clifftop structure that was believed to have served as a temple. Nearby, there is the Temple of the Descending God, where the crumbling remnants of the stucco-constructed god still reside. The city was originally protected by large stone walls, portions of which still remain throughout the area. The ruins here are impressively well-preserved, giving you a great glimpse into how the area must have looked centuries ago. As a bonus, you are also within walking distance of a terrific beach!
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Chichen Itza is among the most famous locales for ancient Mayan ruins. Located on the Yucatán Peninsula, it is home to a complex of ruins that serve as a way to keep this former hub of Mexican civilization preserved forever. For hundreds of years, this city was a central destination filled with activity and lots of people. Over the span of more than a thousand years, various populations came and went, each leaving behind their artifacts and buildings that together now represent a timeline of the region’s evolution. You get a rare opportunity to see many different types of design and building styles representing a variety of historical eras. Discover artistic works and building styles from many periods of history. One highlight is the Temple of the Warriors, a structure that is both impressive in its majesty and remarkably well-preserved.
Xel-Ha provides a unique atmosphere in which to tour ancient Mayan ruins. Hidden in a jungle near a lagoon, it is secluded enough to provide a sort of private and protected hideaway where ruins seem to be tucked away from the world. One popular locale here is the Cliff of Courage. As you can guess from the name, this is for those brave enough to climb and possibly jump from the imposing heights of this majestic cliff. A great perk of sightseeing in this region is that you get to view ruins while also immersing yourself in the lush natural environment that outdoor lovers will truly enjoy. It’s a great way to escape the crowds and hectic pace of the typical tourist destinations.
For the best of both worlds, combine a luxury stay with your tour of regional archeological wonders. Playa Resorts delivers the perfect solution, as their properties offer the ultimate in beachside luxury—while also putting you in close proximity to the most popular historical landmarks and cultural attractions.
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