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Top 7 Most Amazing Mexico Pyramids to Explore in 2022

Published on July 27,2022 by Matt Ravel
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What comes to your mind first when you think about Mexico? 

Probably, Mariachis, tequila, tacos, and cactus, right! 

These are some of the most common and popular things about Mexican culture that anyone immediately starts to think about. Known for its rich culture, mighty mountains, dazzling beaches, exotic food, and amazing people, Mexico is one of the top tourist spots in the world. 

But have you heard about the Mexico pyramids?  

Yes, apart from food, music, and beaches, Mexico has incredible pyramids that attract many people. Can you guess where the world’s largest pyramid is located? Nope, Not Egypt, but the largest pyramid in the world is situated in Mexico!  

Apart from this, many more pyramids are also present in the vast stretch of deserts and dense jungles of Mexico. Each monolith describes a different cultural vibe and represents a different era. These structures were built to give tributes to their planetary and animal gods. All together, pyramids in Mexico were built around 900 B.C.E. to 1000 C.E. Featured in movies and T.V. shows, these pyramids are also visited by many famous celebrities, including Indiana Jones.          

Are you also planning your next vacation? Don’t think twice and book your tickets to Mexico to explore these pyramids. Today in this blog, we’ve gathered up the top seven most famous pyramids in Mexico.  

7 Most Famous & Fascinating Pyramids In Mexico

1. El Castillo, Tulum

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Location: Tinum, Yucatan, Mexico

El Castillo, also known as the “Temple of Kukulkan,” is among one of the world’s seven wonders. This pyramid is dedicated and named after Maya’s supreme God, the serpent God, Kukulkan. 

This serpent God, Kukulkan, is not the usual God. As depicted in the text, this is a feathered serpent bird. The four sides of the pyramid have ninety-one steps, and it is about 80 feet in height.   

If you’re visiting Playa del Carmen or the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, you should definitely visit the Chichén Itzá site. There are many Cancun Mexico pyramids, including El Mecco, El Rey, and San Miguelito.   

 

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2. Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan 

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Location: Western part of the ancient city of Teotihuacan

Do you know that the Pyramid of the Moon is Mexico’s second largest pyramid?

Built between 200 to 450 A.D., this is actually a temple which is a temple. It is dedicated to worshipping the Great Goddess, fertility, water, and creation deity. 

Teotihuacan city is also called ‘the city of God.’ This pyramid was built with reference to the mountain of Cerro Gordo, which is located near it. A fascinating thing about this beautiful pyramid is that on the largest pyramid, there are many pyramids layered on top of each other.    

Each layer has rooms that were built for the great Goddesses, but now they are used for burying. With a height of 141 feet (43 m), this pyramid is a must-see in the city of Mexico. 

 

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3. Pyramid of the Niches, El Tajín

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Location: El Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico

El Tajin is considered one of the most powerful cities in Mesoamerica, which was active from 600 to 1200 AD. People from different parts of Mexico lived in this city and built the Pyramid of the Niches. 

The El Tajin is one of the most popular ancient ruins in Mexico. The monuments of El Tajin and Aztec pyramids both include this pyramid. Besides this pyramid, there are also Building 5 and several other pyramid-shaped temples in the same area. 

One thing that attracts tourist attention is the paint on the pyramid. One pyramid in particular in Mexico was painted in a contrasting color combination of black and dark red. Plus, the pyramid is also separated into several layers at a height of about 20 meters.  

So how to reach the Pyramid of the Niches? 

It will take only four hours to reach El Tajin from Mexico City. Situated near the beach town and hub of Veracruz, this structure is something you must see.  

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4. Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacán

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Location: San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico

Want to visit the most well-known Mexico pyramids? Get to the Pyramid Of The Sun! Also known as the sister pyramid, this one has the same shape and tombs but has several layers.    

It is located at the San Juan Teotihuacán, where most of the pyramids are found. In the bygone era, this pyramid was specifically used to perform various kinds of mysterious magic-related rituals.  

You can also discover the Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan, which are situated just 30 miles outside of Mexico City. There are two popular pyramids: the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. These two took most of the space and dominated the landscape.  

When you climb this pyramid and get to the topmost point, the feeling will get indescribable in words. You’ll get to see the breathtaking views of the city. 

 

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5. The Great Pyramid, Calakmul

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Location: Campeche, Mexico

Situated 22 miles (35.5 km) from the Guatemala-Mexico border, Calakmul Ruins was the largest Mayan city ever discovered in Campeche State. Isn’t it fascinating to know? 

So if you’re considering traveling to Campeche, you should visit The Great Pyramid. Even though it isn’t that easy to get three as it is located in a remote jungle location. From Campeche City, it will take around five hours by road, along with a two-hour drive into the deep jungles of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. But it is worth all your efforts!  

This is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are two large pyramids that you can climb. The Great Pyramid is more than 148 feet tall (45 m), which makes the one of the tallest Mayan pyramids on this planet.    

 

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6. The Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal

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Location: Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico

Built-in the decorative Puuc style, this pyramid has three levels. Pyramid of the Magician, also known as Pyramid of the Dwarf, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named after a magical dwarf. According to ancient text and description, this legend was from an egg. Not only this, this dwarf becomes an adult in one single day and builds the entire pyramid in one night. 

So what’s so special about this pyramid? 

The Pyramid of the Magician consists of many unusual features, such as it has rounded sides, large height, and steepness. One amusing thing about this pyramid is that it was built upon the five existing structures.  

Located at Uxmal, this pyramid is the symbol of astronomical knowledge. During the 6th and the 10th centuries, Uxmal was considered the greatest urban and religious center. Wondering what its name refers to? “Uxmal” means three times, and this type of construction was one of the classic architectural styles.

Just look at the pictures. Don’t you want to climb this pyramid to the top to see the amazing panoramic views? However, unfortunately, visitors and tourists can’t climb this tallest pyramid in Uxmal, El Adivino.  

 

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Also Read: Top 10 Most Popular Tourist Places In Mexico

7. The Great Pyramid of La Venta, La Venta

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Location: La Venta, Tabasco

If you’re planning to explore pyramids in Mexico, don’t forget to visit the Great Pyramid of La Venta. Why? Built around 900 B.C.E., this pyramid is the oldest pyramid in Mexico. Now tell me you want to miss it? Of course not, right! 

Located in Tabasco, this structure is about 100 ft tall and completely made of clay. It was built with a rectangular shape, but over the years, the clay got soft, and now it has a round shape. According to the archaeologist department of Mexico, the Great Pyramid Of La Venta is one of the most sophisticated pyramids ever excavated. 

This monolith is a part of the larger pre-Columbian archeological site, which dates back thousands of years and connects with the ancient Olmec civilization. This civilization is mysterious as it dates from 1500 B.C.-400 B.C., which is more than 3,500 years ago! Pretty shocking right?   

Many people don’t know about this site, but you should try it. From stone sculptures and giant Olmec Heads to the oldest pyramid itself, there are many things to discover here. 

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Explore Mexico Pyramids 

So this is all about the pyramids in Mexico. Each pyramid tells a different story and holds Mexico’s significant historical and architectural details. So if you’re planning to visit Mexico, explore these architectural masterpieces. 

Don’t hesitate, get out there, book your tickets and enjoy the beautiful pyramids in Mexico! 

I hope this travel guide on Mexico pyramids has helped you to get to know more about this spectacular wonder of the world. If you find this blog helpful and informative, share it with your friends and family. 

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