Ake is characterized by its white walkways and huge blocks of semi-carved rocks. A former henequen plantation shares the same location. The henequen hacienda was built using some of  the stones from the ruins.

The site has yielded important finds of jade, several death masks and more than 100 stelae representing richly robed figures.During the classic period, 500-900 A.D. Calakmul was the largest Mayan city and a formidable power.


Chichen Itza
This pre-Hispanic city was declared a world heritage site in 1988. Considered the capital of the Mayan empire founded in 445 A.D. pyramid of Kukulcan, the ball court, the observatory and sacred well.

Nohich Mul pyramid is 138 feet high and the tallest ancient structure on the peninsula. There are four lakes and a fine collection of stelae in exceptional condition. Classic period 250-900 A.D.

The temple-palace is typical of the Chenes style built in the late classic period. The false accesses to the temple are surrounded by a huge mask of the earth monster and on the corners are profile masks of Chaac.

Ek Balam
The 'el torre' is 100 feet high and 527 feet long with rare carvings of full figures and well-preserved wall paintings. Inside the main temple are wall paintings of Mayan rulers performing rituals. The original paint remains, as does the painted hieroglyphics.

Hochob is an excellent example of the Chenes style. The main palace has a huge cross-eyed mask of Itzamna, the forehead and eye brows are located above the entrance, and the access are the open jaws of the monster of the earth. Its lower jaw has eyeteeth.

Kabah - Puuc Route
Kabah consists of a series of temples and palaces, pyramids and a monumental arch, all connected by sacbes. The facade of the temple of masks is covered with 270 bug-eyed, long-nosed masks of the rain god Chaac.


Kohunlich covers 21 acres. The structures are dated in the early classic period from 250 to 600 A.D. The pyramid of the masks, built in honor of the sun god, with 6 gigantic stucco masks over 12 meters high flank it's central staircase.


Carved rain god masks grace the temple of  "las herraduras". Kuluba has an intriguing combination of Puuc and Chichen style architecture. These two styles used simultaneously at a single site raises many questions.

Labna - Puuc Route
This arch was the entrance and exit to the city. The stone arch is 20 feet high and 10 feet wide. Above the entryway, on both sides, are ornately carved Mayan thatched huts. The 67 room structure has two levels

A pre-Hispanic city that had over 3,000 dwellings and about 12,000 inhabitants. The rulers were interested in warfare, not building elaborate temples to the gods. There are stucco relief's on the main pyramid and painted murals on the base.


Palenque flourished in the fifth century AD. The Palace is one of the most amazing structures in Palenque. Constructed over a period of several hundred years by several rulers, it is richly decorated with delicately sculpted scenes depicting rituals, ceremonies and deities. (Pacal's impressive sarcophagus discovered in the early 1950's lies at the bottom of the Temple of the Inscriptions. 


Sayil - Puuc Route
The main structures are connected by an inner sacbe. The palace is a magnificent 3-tiered building over 250 feet long. south of the palace is the el mirador complex with a series of stelaes with low relief's.

Tikal, located in Guatamela. was one of the largest and most powerful cities in the Maya world during most of the Classic peroid. Many temples and carved monuments survive
The " walled city" dating back more than seventeen centuries, built on the top of a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean. This was the first Mayan structure sighted by the Spanish in the 16th century

Uxmal - Puuc Routs
Considered the most beautiful of Puuc architecture. Elegant proportions and intricately detailed building exteriors of cut stones assembled in geometric patterns. Classic period 250-900 A.D.  Declared a world heritage site in 1996.


Xlapak - Puuc Route
There is a single, one story, 9 room building with large Chaac masks on all the corners. The front of the building has an enormous Chaac mask with a wide open mouth showing jagged teeth.


Yaxuna, believed to be a royal capital ruled by kings, is still under excavation. a 60-mile long sacbe runs in a straight line from the ceremonial center of Yaxuna to the center of imperial Coba.



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