Once known as Ichcaanzihó, or "City of Five Hills," the capital of Yucatán State is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the hemisphere. The "five hills" were actually Mayan pyramids, though their stone extravagance was subsequently dismantled by Spanish settlers, and used to build the modern metropolis christened Mérida.
Fast forward past five centuries of similar archaeological armageddons, to our slightly more enlightened age of systematic archaeological investigation. Here in the Yucatán, funding for this sort of research has been provided in part by busloads of sun-kissed day-trippers from Cancún, who have repeatedly proven their willingness to pay US$14 per person just to see Chitchen Itza (not even including cold beverages, bilingual guides, transportation, and replica stone carvings purchased in the vain hope that souvenir vendors will leave them in peace for ten minutes).
Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Cancun Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Cancun. Photo courtesy of Luyten via Wikimedia Commons.