Discover Maya vestiges in the colonial city of Mérida

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Maya heritage sites of the city

The ancient Maya culture was one of the most important in the pre-Hispanic era, it extended through southern Mexico all the way to Honduras; and the state of Yucatan was of course of the sites where the Mayas lived and left a significant number of vestiges and some of these are found in the lovely colonial city of Mérida, the state’s capital; and they can be seen and explored.

For over 3,000 years, the Maya civilization lived and developed, after the Spanish conquest their homes, cities and constructions were left vacant and sometimes even destroyed. Years later, these vestiges have been discovered, explored and shared with the world, and some of them are right there in Mérida, and the civil association Xíimbal K’áax wants to share them with locals and visitors.

Parque_Recreativo_de_Oriente_Merida_Yucatan

Xíimbal K’áax has created the project “Archeological Mérida”, where they offer tours to visit two groups of archeological parks and reserves located in Yucatán’s capital. The main goal is to recover such spaces and “For families to take ownership of the spaces, and again feel that they belong to them, and therefore care for them”, quoted on an article from El Chilam Balam.

The two routes offered by project Archeological Mérida are:

Lak’iin circuit (eastern sector):

  • Salvador Alvarado Sur
  • Dzoyilá Granjas
  • San Antonio Kahua
  • Salvador Alvarado Oriente
  • Chen Ho

Chik’in circuit (western sector):

  • Xamán Susulá
  • Xanilá
  • Anikabil
  • Juan Pablo II
  • Opichén
  • Xoclán

Among the vestiges one can see during these tours are houses, platforms, sacbé (raised paved road), and pyramids, as well as some mounds that could be keeping even more vestiges, yet to be uncovered.

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