National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Widely regarded as one of the world’s most impressive museums, the Museo Nacional is home to artefacts which represent over three thousand years of the country’s past in twenty six exhibit halls. And, not only will the collections themselves leave you in awe, the building itself is also one the country’s finest.
If you are in or near the city, it’s located in the historic Chapultepec Park and you really should make it your business to spend even a couple of hours there.
Templo Mayor, Mexico City
Set in the heart of downtown Mexico City, the Templo Mayor houses an archaeological excavation site and an Aztec museum with over 6,000 pieces on display. The museum itself was built so that it would not compete with the colonial surroundings and it hasn’t. It is a fascinating attraction due to the fact that as well as the museum, you can also see parts of buildings which actually existed during the Aztec period. In fact, because there are still digs taking place you can see pieces of ancient history being uncovered right in front of you. It is a memorable experience as you know that you are among the first people to see ruins which have been buried for thousands of years.
Buried underground until 1952, the ruins at Palenque have now being uncovered to reveal a myriad of historic buildings dating to the seventh century AD. The site itself is situated on a ledge which overlooks the plains that stretch to the Gulf Coast and the view which will leave you breathless is probably what inspired artists and architects all those centuries ago. The most important structures which have been uncovered at Palenque are the Palace and the Temple of Inscriptions but there is a great deal more besides and a great deal remains undiscovered as yet. For a true step back in time, this is where you need to go.
The Copper Canyon
If you get the opportunity to travel to the group of canyons known collectively as the Copper Canyon, jump at the chance. 1.5 times deeper than the Grand Canyon this attraction simply amazes all that visit. And, as well as the canyon you are also in the land of the Tarahumara Indians, the largest indigenous tribe remaining on the North American continent. They still live in caves and hand made log cabins and have an extremely unique culture which is very nature oriented. The whole trip is completely surreal and one that you will never forget.
This is probably the eeriest and most impressive of all the archaeological sites in the country. Located within close proximity to Mexico City in the northeastern part of the Basin of Mexico, Teotihuacan dates all the way back to the fourth century AD. Today you can walk along the Avenue of the Dead where you will see the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Ciudadela or the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent. Transport yourself back to a time when the ancient city was at its most magnificent and above all take your bloody camera.