Wednesday, March 6

Mexico - the destination which has story in every stone

The beauty of Mexico has been appealing and alluring the globe since time immemorial. Today the country is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. The beauty on display is not just what Mexico has to offer rather it is a very perplexing and intriguing destination. The jungle, desert, traditions and ruins have ancient stories hidden in every curve. They all are part of the great Mexican legacy which continues to fascinate mankind even today.

Each region has a different story to tell. The arid horizons of the northern mountains have Paquime labyrinths and old ceramics to tell tales of hard times in a harsh climate. The underwater treasures inside Yucatan’s cenotes are all testimony to the times that have transformed Mexico into a modern state. The country has given birth to great men and women who were so scientifically and intellectually advanced.

Mayan civilization expanded in south-eastern Mexico and Guatemala during the Classic Period (300-900 BC). The temples of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Tulum is the only seaside archaeological city in Mexico which has on display the great Mayan architecture.  The Aztecs became the dominant culture in the Post Classic Period (900-1521 AD). One can visit Mexico city to get the feel of what it used to be during that period and experience Pre-Hispanic cultures. Visit the Anthropology museum which is the largest in Mexico. It houses and exhibits the most select collection of national archaeology in the country.

Chichen Itza is the best to explore the world of the ancient Maya. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World", these ruins are located in the Yucatan. Covering an area of 2.5 square miles, these ruins can be toured in a day. The ruins of Teotihuacan archaeological site are among the most remarkable in Mexico. Located about 30 miles north of Mexico City, it makes an ideal day trip for history and anthropology buffs. For those who love extraordinary and are audacious enough to go any length, can visit the tallest pyramid at Coba archaeological site and in the Yucatan Peninsula. The Nohuch Mul, meaning "large mound" in the Mayan language stands at more than 130 feet in height. Coba is just a half an hour drive from the coastal city of Tulum and is definitely worth a visit.

Apart from these established ancient sites, Mexico every day does witness excavation in large numbers. Recently a figure of the god, called Huehueteotl, was found in a covered pit at the apex of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan itself is a popular archaeological site north of Mexico City and this new addition is sure to arise more interest among tourists. Many such discoveries have been made in the past and it is expected that many more are yet to be made. So make a plan to visit Mexico for you might even stumble upon some ancient marvel.

Ani is a real estate and travel blogger. His special area of interest is Mexico and writes extensively about this majestic country. He works as a social media manager for Blog.