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The Mayan Civilization inhabited five states in the south east of México: Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatán: and four countries in Central America: Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
This culture is of great importance thanks to its scientific, mathematical and astronomic legacy. Contrary to popular belief the Mayan civilization never "disappears" completely, since its descendents still live in the region and many of them speak Mayan.
The most notable relics are the monumental constructions and impressive pyramids they built in their religious centers. Chichén-Itzá, which in the Mayan toungue means "on the edge of the well of the Itzáes" is the most important archeological site in the Yucatan peninsula and one of the most representative relics of the Mayan culture.
In 1988 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named this archeological site a World Heritage site and 9 years later, in 2007, it was voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World by millions of people around the world. It is located 193 km from Cancun.
There are many important archeological ruins, such as Cobá, Xcaret and Ek Balam among others.