Visitors flocking to Mexico's archaeological sites
No overland adventure tour is complete without a visit to some of the incredible ruins left behind by ancient civilisations such as the Aztec and the Maya.
Mexico is home to some of the most renowned archaeological treasures in Central America and it seems that the popularity of visits to these important historical sites is increasing.
The Huffington Post reports that 10.6 million tourists explored Mexico's 183 publicly open archaeological sites last year, according to figures from the country's National Institute of Anthropology and History, with even more expected this year.
Bob Schulman, the Huffington Post's travel editor, recommended trips to three sites in Mexico in particular: Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza.
Tulum is a Mayan walled city perched on top of cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico.
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the city acted as a major port and was constructed between 1200 and 1450AD.
"Among eye-popping buildings along Tulum's cobbled lanes are the magnificent Temple of El Castillo (The Castle), the Temple of the Descending God (featuring an upside-down figure of the Mayan god of the bees) and a cliffside sanctuary called Temple of the Winds," said Mr Schulman.
Around an hour's drive inland from Tulum lie the ruins of a Mayan super-city called Coba.
Archaeologists believe the city could have once been home to as many as 20,000 structures, including pyramids, palaces, government offices and homes, with a population between 20,000 and 50,000 people, said the travel expert.
"Climb the 120 steps of the Nohoch Mul pyramid there - the tallest in the Yucatan, spiraling up nearly 140 feet - and you'll get a dazzling view of this immense city," he advised.
Finally, Chichen Itza is probably the most famous of all Mexico's ancient ruins and is the most-visited Mayan archaeological site.
"Make sure to check out the much-photographed Temple of the Warriors, El Caracol (a rounded observatory), the ball court - where losing teams lost a lot more than the game - and a huge well called a cenote. It's said that maidens weighed down by gold, jade and carved seashells were tossed into the well to please the gods," recommended Mr Schulman.