Arqueological Mexico Holidays and Vacations

Mexico Holidays have so much archeological culture to share that you will be impressed. Archeological expeditions can be combined with a beach vacation due to their relative proximity. You can choose to spend a day in one of the major archeological sites or you can emerge yourself in a cultural road trip.

The Mayan Culture

Through a Mayan cultural trip you will discover the history of one of the most important civilizations in the world.

The Mayan civilization is estimated to have 3000 years of history. It occupied a region called Mesoamerica which today covers the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas. It also covered the countries of Belice, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in Central America.

Uxmal Archeological Site

Uxmal Archeological Site Uxmal Archeological Site

Here are the most important archeological locations for the Mayan culture in Mexico. In order of proximity to Cancun

  • Coba

  • Tulum

  • Chichen Itza

  • Mayapan

  • Uxmal

  • Piedras Negras

  • Jaina Island

  • Edzna

  • Palenque

  • Tonina

  • Yaxchilan

  • Bonampak

Find below: the map of the Mayan territorial extension in Mexico. The red pins are the Mayan archeological sites, while the blue pins are top beach destinations.

View Maya Ruins in a larger map

The Aztecs

The Aztec civilization inhabited the region where Mexico city raises today. It was an alliance between the cities of Texcoco, Tlacopan and Tenochtitlan dominating the north of Mesoamerica from the 14th to 16th century. They were colonized by Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortez, in 1521.

Most of what we know about the Aztec empire come from archeological escavations called "Templo Mayor" in the heart of Mexico City. If you are visiting Mexico City, this is stop you should not miss.


Teotihuacan Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan Is the name given by the Aztecs to the urban development in the valley of the same name located 45 kilometers Northeast of Mexico City. The Teotihuacan culture raised around 500 BC and it fell around 650 AD. Its two most notorious monuments are the Mexico pyramids of the sun and the moon.

Teotihuacan is the most visited archeological site in Mexico, and it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. This is also a must visit site when vacationing in Mexico City.

Zapotec and Mixtec

The Zapotec culture was an important civilization which settled in the region of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Monte Alban is a construction complex with characteristics similar to those in other cities in Mesoamerica with monuments dedicated to religious customs. This important archeological site is located 10 Km from the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. The main city of the Zapotec civilization is:
  • Monte Alban

Very close to the city Oaxaca another important civilization settled: the Mixtecs. Their main city was:
  • Mitla

This page on cultural Mexico holidays and vacations give you the advice to enhance your vacation with a cultural trip. Enjoy Mexico's traditions and history, and above all, have fun!

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