Be a traveler, not just a tourist.
Enticing. Mystical. Impressive. Marvelous. Exuberant. A cultural and historical heritage. Those are the ancient archaeological sites that Mexico boasts to the world. I may say, isn’t a matter of pride. It’s a matter of consciousness, a matter of understanding the privilege of having and sharing with the whole world such fascinating historical treasures.
They are spread all over the Mexican territory. They depict the past living of several indigenous groups that inhabited at different historic stages and dwelling almost all the regions of the current states of Mexico. Nowadays, some of those original indigenous groups are still bringing life to Mexico’s social horizon.
They are a living message from the past that blows secrets to the ones who wish to listen to those words, those tales from ancient inhabitants who fought to preserve and defend the remarkable essence of historic Mexico. Friends, walkers of immemorial times, wise people whose spirits go far beyond ordinary understanding.
So, when you choose to immerse yourself into the dimension of Mexico’s archaeological sites, you should observe some behaviors that will help present and future visitors to enjoy these formidable heritage places. My recommendation here is to watch for specific procedures when you place a foot into these living treasures as follows.
- Watch your approach to the surroundings of the temples and pyramids
Despite most of the archeological zones have parking facilities and access to pedestrians, some of them aren’t easily accessible because of their locations among rainforests, like the ones that you can see in the Yucatán’s peninsula.
Some of them are scarcely discovered or underdeveloped for visitors.
Other sites are undergoing archaeologists’ intervention actions to reveal even more secrets. A great deal of them has full essential service to visitors. Once that you pay the access fare and start walking on the visitable areas, you may see some paths to go forth to pass by the structures.
There’s a possibility that some pyramids and temples may be restricted to access by boundary strips. Anyways, talking about pyramids, ceremonial buildings, temples, yards, or palaces, some ancient sites don’t have indications to visitors to restrict walking over them or ascending the front stairways.
Since these sites have witnessed many summers, many suns, and moons, there’s a significant number of them that may reflect the unstoppable elapse of time. So, my Magno recommendation is always to watch your step, take care with the way you approach their spaces. This way, you’ll be helping explorers like you and me to continue marveling our eyes with such amazing places.
- Local flora, fauna or structure pieces aren’t a take-me-home souvenir
It’s kind of understandable. Once that you admired that astounding Maya, Olmeca, or Azteca ancient site, you may feel the need to take some magic with you when you go back home.
One thing is to think that, and another matter is going into action.
I know many people may feel the temptation to take home a souvenir from the site.
I think this is additional to say, but speaking reasonably, I’m sure you perfectly get the idea that they are not presents at all. Unfortunately, these actions encourage tourism ravaging actions and endanger the sites in the present and the future.
I guess I remember now that an important social and reputable character said one time: “If you love nature, leave it in the place you found it.” If you feel the itch to go and stare at those exciting historic vestiges, leave them where they marveled you.
- When climbing is available, don’t drag or stomp your feet on the structures
As I previously mentioned, some archaeological sites don’t allow at all to climb into the structures, like Chichén Itzá, Tulum, the Templo Mayor, etc.
Some others do allow it. So, if you friends have the opportunity to climb them, believe me, it’s going to be a big gift of appreciation if you don’t drag or stomp your feet into them since as you may understand these very aged ancient settlements don’t receive frequent restoration actions from the Mexican ministry in charge of them, the so-called “INAH” (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia)
- Climbing support devices or walking sticks are for mountains, not for pyramids
I guess this point matches the previous one. Climbing into pyramids is alluring and will turn into an unforgettable experience. So, since they are fragile structures, they don’t have any design or fitting to support a walking stick or other climbing devices.
This way, you’ll significantly help other tourists fulfill their future exploration dreams from refraining of the usage of walking assistive devices. Certainly, I don’t want to be inconsiderate with disabled people at all. But believe me, the former architects of these ancient cities didn’t think in accessibility resources for these constructions.
- Pro photo without special permission may hurt your visit
There’s no need to explain it. The temptation to record a video from a bird’s eye perspective isn’t attractive, is really seductive. However, to take pro photos or video recording using a tripod or even a drone requires special permission that you can either obtain it sometimes by visiting the site’s main office or the state office of the “INAH.”
In some other cases, depending on the archaeological site you pretend to visit, you have to do the paperwork online by filling out the electronic format named as the “Formato INAH-00-001.”
As you can see, it’s not that hard at all to watch for these caring tips that will turn your role from a mere visitor into a caring traveler that doesn’t leave a lousy trace into these sites.
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