More Top 10 Archaeological Sites from Mexico to Peru

More Top 10 Archaeological Sites from Mexico to Peru
August 4, 2012 Lainie Liberti

Latin America has a rich pre-Columbian history, there are many breathtaking sites still standing the tests of time. These scenes we see now are the heritage of Maya, Aztec, Miskito and Inca civilizations, among others. So why wait, book your cheap flight today at expedia.co.uk

This is Part 2 of a 2 Part series. Be sure to check out Part 1 here

1. Tiwanaku

Located in Bolivia, Tiwanaku is one of the most important Pre-Columbian archaeological in South America, recognized as a pre-Inca religious sites, built around 1,500 years Before Christ. Site contains many of the mysterious megalithic rocks, whose construction techniques are still unknown.

 

2. Altún Ha

Located in Belize. As part of the top 10 archaeological sites from Mexico to Peru stands full of pyramids. Many jade artifacts, dog and puma teeth and weapons can be found inside the tombs of kings.

 

 

3. Actun Tunichil Muknal

Also located in Belize, only this site is underground, unlike Altún Ha. This Mayan cave was thought to be entrance to the underground. Visiting the site requires a guide and 4 incredible hours of your life. You swim into the entrance, walk through waist high water, traverse through rocks and inner canyons to finally reach the sandy stalactite filled gallery where warship, rites and sacrifices were performed over 32000 years ago.

 

5. Joya de Cerén

Located in El Salvador. Declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO is known as the Pompeii of the Americas, Joya de Cerén was preserved by a volcanic eruption. 10 prehispanic structures in the middle in the fertile valley of Sapotitán tell the history of a farming community believed to escape from imminent destruction.

 

6. Las Mercedes

Located in Costa Rica. Between the rivers of Parismina and Dos Novillos this site is among the most complex ones in the top 10 archaeological sites from Mexico to Peru. With platforms, plazas, funeral spots and roads was the political center in the Chibchan world.

 

 

7. La Tolita

Located in Ecuador. The importance of this place is remarkable in pre-Columbian history, home of a whole culture, the name is derived from an island near the Santiago river where many Tolas (funeral monuments) were found.

 

 

8. Ollantaytambo

Located in Peru. This breathtaking jewel of the Inca Empire and surrounded by mountains is located at an altitude of 9,160 feet.

Conquered by the Inca emperor Pachacuti and later witness of the resistance against the conquistadors stands as one of the most visited archaeological places in the country.

 

9. Chan Chan

Located in Peru. Declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO can be translated as Magnificent Sun. The biggest adobe city in Latin America. visited by tourists through centuries this impressive site bathed by the sun is a must see.

 

 

10. Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, just 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Teotihuacan began as a new religious center in the Mexican Highland around the first century AD. This city came to be the largest and most populated center in the New World.

The top 10 archaeological sites from Mexico to Peru tell the stories of civilizations long gone but their heritage is preserved in these places and so much to learn!

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