Modern day Maya can still visit their beautiful Tulum. It is conserved as a National Park. Not quite the same I presume, but it’s still there.
I believe around a third of the inhabitants of the cities have Maya as their home language. Very much alive.
And the local flavour is there to welcome you.
Tastes like chicken I hear..
These cities had hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. You can see the city of Dzibilchaltun stretching for kilometers before you reach the archeological site. The highway goes right through it. It is quite unreal. There is hectares of the stuff. Far too much to keep everything fenced off.
The view still cannot be surpassed.
Many US citizens move to the Yucatan to retire. It is on the Caribbean sea, lovely, safe and beautiful. And malaria free, as opposed to their southern neighbours.
Officially known as the free and independent state of the Yucatan, one of 31 Mexican states.
You can swim at almost all of the archeological sites in the Yucatan. They were built by a canotte. Lovely fresh waterholes connected to the underground river system.
The Yucatan has no surface rivers but underground rivers break through the limestone and gives you these beautiful cool fresh waterholes.
At Tulum off course you also have the sea. Not cool, but still ravishing.