Mexico is the second largest nation in North America by population and the third by land mass. From amazing Aztec and Mayan archaeological ruins to modern cathedrals, art museums and beaches, there's a lot for visitors to check out. The nation has a wide range of monuments to visit, from statues commemorating historical events to historical monuments that are some of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Mexico.
Yaxchilan Archaeological Park
Yaxchilan Archaeological Park is home to some of the most impressive Mayan ruins in all of Mexico, which have been cleaned up and maintained because of their important status as a national monument. Yaxchilan has more than 40 separate standing buildings open to tourists, and it is one of the only well visited Mayan sites that cannot be reached by road. Visitors will have to take a guided tour via boat to the Yaxchilan ruins to visit this monument to the Mayan influence in Mexico's past.
Monument of Independence
The Monument of Independence ("Monumento a la Independencia"), also sometimes referred to as the Angel of Independence, is located in Mexico City, atop a 150-foot column placed in the middle of a traffic circle. This monument has a winged angel figure at the top, referred to as the "goddess of victory," and represents not only the independence of Mexico but all the historical heroes of independence in both Mexico and Latin and South America.
Monumento a la Independencia
Paseo de la Reforma
Mexico City, Mexico
Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to both the famous Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. This ancient city is located 31 miles from Mexico City and is often credited as being Aztec; although the city was very important to the Aztecs, it actually existed for centuries before the Aztec Empire did. Teotihuacan is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico, and the proximity of this monument to Mexico City puts past capital and present capital close together.
Article Written By Monty Dayton
Monty Dayton is a professional freelance writer who has worked for the ACLU, Touchstone Publishing LLC, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and many other employers. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alaska and loves writing about travel, the outdoors and health topics.