Walls adorned with imposing sculptures almost bring the past back to life: the passageways and paths of what were once the most important cities in Mexico come alive amid plumed serpents, giant Olmec heads and anthropomorphic figures adorned with divine symbols, so that as you explore them you feel the living pulse of a nation with an ancient tradition of poetry, astronomy, mathematics and the warrior arts.
Mexico is a country with an extraordinary cultural past, which is the origin of the great cultural wealth that it enjoys today. It is famed for the sheer variety of archeological sites and pre-Hispanic ruins that were built with great dedication by the people who now make up today’s Mexico.
These ceremonial and residential centers are scattered across the length and breadth of the land, and were once lived in by one of the eight principal pre-Hispanic groups: Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Mayas, Aztecs, Toltecs, Teotihuacanos, Chichimecas and other smaller ethnic groups.
All of them, depending on their location, built impressive cities, temples, astronomical observatories, sports fields and plazas, in the heights of the mountains, in middle of the jungles, on the edge of the beach, and in the dry regions of the country. There are also cave paintings and petroglyphs left by still older ancestors.
Because they were careful observers of the night sky, they founded their cities in strategic locations that provided protection and social and cultural benefits.
As you climb up and down the staircases of these majestic pyramids; as you walk along the passageways and observe the perfection of the layout of the ball game courts; you will experience for yourself the nation’s past, as well as the customs, traditions and social structure of these peoples.
The principal sites in the country, in terms of their monumentality and numbers of visitors, are Teotihuacán, in the State of Mexico; Chichén Itzá and Uxmal in Yucatan; Palenque, in Chiapas; Monte Albán, in Oaxaca; Xochicalco, in Morelos; El Tajín, in Veracruz and Tulum, in Quintana Roo.
You will also be able to take advantage of your visit to these locations to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings, and engage in eco-tourism activities or extreme sports.