Postcards from Mexico: Mayan Ruins, Markets, Mountains, and More

Postcards from Mexico: Mayan Ruins, Markets, Mountains, and More

Thursday, 30 January, 2020

That vast turquoise paradise above is the Caribbean Sea nudging the beach of Tulum in Quintano Roo, Mexico. It’s as soothing and exhilarating as it looks.

In Episode 04 of our podcast Mexico: Folklore and Beachy Paradise we talked about the crystal-blue beaches of Tulum, the Mayan ruins perched on the cliffs above, and the thriving pulse of Mexico City. Here are a few snapshots that showcase more of the breathtaking beauty of Mexico.


Mayan Ruins in Tulum

mayan ruins on a cliff above a beach in tulum, mexico
Photo courtesy of Radek

This Mayan city might once have been called Zama, which means ‘City of Dawn.’ Makes sense! The ruins are perched on a bluff above the Caribbean, facing directly east into the sunrise. {more}

A Green Iguana in Sayulita

iguana on asphalt in Sayulita, Mexico
Photo courtesy of Eric Anderson

Sayulita is a village on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s got laid-back beaches, a surfing scene, boho shops, whale watching, and yes, friendly green iguanas. {more}

San Miguel de Allende

pink buildings on a street in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Photo courtesy of Jezael Melgoza

In 2017, San Miguel de Allende was named the best city in the world by Travel + Leisure. Colorful buildings, friendly people, delicious food — what’s not to love? {more}

Palacio de Bellas Artes in Ciudad de México

neon-colored video mapping on the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Ciudad de México, Mexico
Photo courtesy of Mario Peppino

The white marble Palace of Fine Arts is a concert hall and art center in Mexico City. The interior is an art deco masterpiece, and works from famous Mexican muralists cover the walls above the ground floor. {more}

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Cholula

peach-colored Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios church with domes in San Pedro Cholula, Mexico
Photo courtesy of Pedro Lastra

The neoclassic Our Lady of Remedies Church dates back to the 16th century. It sits atop a hill that’s actually the remains of the Great Pyramid of Cholula (Tlachihualtepetl), the largest pyramid in the world. The volcano in the background is the legendary Popocatepetl. {more}

Ik-Kil Cenote in Chichen Itza

blue water in a cave with vines in Ik-Kil Cenote, Chichen Itza, Mexico
Photo courtesy of Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock

Cenotes are natural swimming holes made by the collapse of limestone bedrock — basically, they’re magical swimming holes in caves, and they’re a unique feature of the Yucatán Peninsula. The waters of Ik-Kil were considered sacred by the Mayans, and they used it as a site for human sacrifice to the rain god Chaac. {more}

Street Food

mexican girl cooking food surrounded by colorful bowls in Teotihuacan, Mexico
Photo courtesy of Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock

Homemade tacos cooked to order and colorful salsas are never a bad idea. {more}

Ancient Mayan City of Teotihuacan

hot air balloons floating over Mayan pyramids
Photo courtesy of Cinthia Aguilar

Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican complex 25 miles (40 km) archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City. The main thoroughfare is called the Avenue of the Dead, and it’s surrounded by Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun. {more}


Top image courtesy of Moon.

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