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If you like ancient architecture, Mexico offers plenty of it, and you can look into the ancient civilizations of the Mayans and Aztecs in Central America.

Mexico’s Mayan civilization left a lasting legacy around the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.

During the empire’s golden age around the years 250-900, the Mayans built spectacular stone cities with magnificent pyramids, ornate palaces and ceremonial temples that amazed the Spanish Conquistadors when they arrived in 1519.

Swimming in crystal clear cenotes, where the Mayans made human sacrifices to their gods, along with offerings of gold and jade, is an incredible experience.

In Palenque, Chiapas, you’ll be surrounded by the steamy Lacandon Jungle, backed by the mountains of Chiapas in a magical setting.

Steeped in legend, hundreds of ruined structures are spread over about six square miles. The grand ceremonial center is a fine example of the Mayan architecture.

The Temple of Inscriptions is one of the largest stepped pyramids, and centuries ago it would have been painted blood red.

South of the Yucatan’s colonial capital of Mérida, Uxmal was one of the state’s largest Mayan cities. Founded around 700, its architectural style is typical of the late classic period, and considered one of the highlights of Mayan art and architecture.

In Chichenitza, find the most famous of all of Mexico’s sites and also one of the busiest. This masterpiece of Mayan design never fails to impress. The complex includes the largest ball court in Mesoamerica, and its stunning centerpiece — one of the seven wonders of the world — is the 98-foot high pyramid known as El Castillo. It’s a testament to Mayan astronomical expertise.

Another must-see adventure in Mexico is a visit to the most remote of all Mayan sites, Calakmul, hidden in the jungles of Campeche. It’s the site of one of the most prosperous Mayan cities, where you’ll find the tallest pyramids in Mexico, many of which are still wrapped in vegetation.

On a visit to Tulum, you will find the ancient city perched on a cliff and overlooking the blue waters of the Caribbean. The fortified city is one of the Riviera Maya’s most stunning spots and was a first line of defense against invaders. It was a major port in Mayan times and 60 buildings are still standing.

If you would like to take an adventure into the ancient cultures in Mexico, contact Travel Leaders / Fly Away Travel at 541-672-5701 or stop by at 1445 W. Harvard Ave. in Roseburg.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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