- Location: Yucatán State (Tinúm Municipality), Mexico
We cannot recommend the Chichén Itzá enough as one of the places to visit before you die. The territory was a major part of the Northern Maya Lowlands from 600 to 1200 CE. The architecture in this area is absolutely amazing and considered to be truly one of a kind. What is so compelling is that pyramids were common in Africa for centuries but the Maya never visited places like Egypt. This allowed them to make their own pyramids, but completely unique from the rest of the world. Chichén Itzá is not the largest city in the Mayan world but it was one of the biggest and likely the most diverse in the Mayan culture due to its art. Due to how impressive the location was in its time, many believe it was one of the “mythical great cities” from Mesoamerican literature.