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Yaxchilán

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Mexico.

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This ancient Mayan city was a huge regional power between the fourth and ninth centuries and is best known today for the remains of its beautiful sculptures and carvings. Many of these are carved in the lintels of doorways. Women are depicted in more friezes here than in any other Mayan ruin, but no one is quite sure why. There are around 90 important structures in the remains of the city, divided into three areas: the Great Plaza, the Grand Acropolis and the Small Acropolis. Guests enter via a labyrinth which leads onto the Grand Plaza which is also the ceremonial centre.

Until the 90’s it was difficult to get to Yaxchilán, visitors either had to fly, hike in for days through the jungle or come in by boat, so it’s more ‘lost city’ than many of Mexico’s other Mayan ruins.

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