Archaeological Index: Fast Facts About 100+ Sites in the Americas

Since our Trans-Americas Journey started in 2006 we’ve visited more than 100 archaeological sites in the US, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. These sites have given us a window into a wide range of cultures including Anasazi, Zapotec. Olmec, Incan, and more but most of our Indiana Jones time has been spent with the Mayans–we’ve visited 54 Mayan archaeological sites so far.

With so many posts about so many sites we wanted to index them in one easy place–and here it is. We’ve categorized sites by culture and by country and alphabetized each site within its grouping for quick reference. The links take you directly to our blog post covering that site.

Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico

Chichén Itzá

Becan Campeche state

Bonampak Chiapas state

Calakmul Campeche state

Chiapa de Corzo Chiapas

Chicanná Campeche state


Ek' Balam - The Twin Pyramids & the Oval Palace

Ek’ Balam

Chichen Itza Yucatan state

Chinkultic Chiapas state

Coba Quintana Roo state

Comalcalco Tabasco state

Dzibilchaltun Yucatan state



Dzibilnocac Campeche state

Edzna Campeche state

Ek’ Balam Quintana Roo state

Hochob Campeche state

Hormiguero Campeche state

Izamal Yucatan state

Izapa Chiapas state

Kabah Yucatan state

Labna Yucatan state

Loltun Cave Yucatan state

Mayapan Yucatan state

Palenque Chiapas state

Sayil Yucatan state

El Tabasqueño Campeche state

Tenem Puente Chiapas state

Toniná Chiapas state

Tulum Quintana Roo state

Uxmal Yucatan state

Xpuhil Campeche state

Yaxchilan Chiapas state

Other Mesoamerican sites in Mexico

Cacaxtla (Olmec-Xicalancas culture) Tlaxcala state

Cholula (Olmec-Xicalancas culture ) Puebla state

El Tajin (Totonaca culture) Veracruz state

El Tepozteco (Aztec culture) Tepotzlan, Morelos state

Guachimontones (Teuchitlan culture) Jalisco state

La Ventana: Parque-Musueo de La Venta Villahermosa, Tabasco state

Mitla (Zapotec culture) Oaxaca state

Monte Alban (Zapotec culture) Oaxaca state

Paquimé (Mimbres culture) Casas Grandes, Chihuahua state

Quiahuztlan (Toltec culture) Veracruz state

Teotihuacan (Aztec culture) Mexico state

Templo Mayor (Aztec culture) Mexico City

Xochicalco Morelos state

Xochitecatl (Olmec-Xicalancas civilization) Tlaxcala state

Yagul (Zapotec culture) Oaxaca state

Museo Nacional de Antropología Mexico City

Museo de Antropología Xalapa, Veracruz state


 Mayan archaeological sites in Belize


Actun Tunichil Muknal aka ATM cave

Altun Ha


Chan Chich



La Milpa

Nim Li Punit



Mayan archaeological sites in Guatemala


Dos Pilas

El Ceibal (Seibal)

El Mirador part 1, part 2, part 3

El Tintal

La Florida



Punta de la Chimino






 Mayan archaeological sites in Honduras


El Puente

Las Sepulturas

Los Sapos


Mayan archaeological sites in El Salvador

Joya de Ceren

San Andres



 Archaeological sites in Costa Rica



Archaeological sites in Colombia

San Agustín



Archaeological sites in Ecuador

Ingapirca (Incan and Cañari )


Archaeological sites in Peru

Aquaducto Cantalloc

Chauchilla Cemetery


Kuelap (Incan)

Los Paredones (Incan)

Machu Picchu (Incan)


Archaeological sites in the US

Aztec Ruins National Monument (Anasazi culture) New Mexico

Canyon de Chelly National Monument (Anasazi culture) Arizona

Chaco Culture National Historic Park (Anasazi culture) New Mexico

El Morro National Monument (Anasazi culture) New Mexico

Fate Bell Shelter – Seminole Canyon State Park

Gila Cliff Dwellings National monument (Mogollon culture) New Mexico

Hovenweep national Monument  (Anasazi culture) Utah/Colorado

Hueco Tanks (Mogollon culture) Texas

Mesa Verde National Park (Anasazi culture) Colorado

Montezuma Castle National monument (Sinagua culture) Arizona

Navajo National Monument (Anasazi culture) Arizona

Painted Rock – Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico


Archaeological sites in Canada

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site (Vikings) Newfoundland




  1. Patricia Hill July 13, 2011 at 5:24 am - Reply

    I had no idea that the Mayan empire (if that’s the right word) was so vast and included so many structures. I went to Mexico City once on business but had no time to travel. Your list of sites makes me itch to go back.

    • arturomanaia November 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      The Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza is the most popular spot in Mexico to celebrate the spring equinox. The site’s most famous building, The Kulkulkan temple, is the site of a dramatic display of Mayan astronomical knowledge. Every year on the autumn and spring equinoxes the light of the sun makes a play of light and shadow which makes it look like a serpent is slithering along the steps of the pyramid. The effect begins in the late afternoon, around 4 pm, and lasts for an hour or so. The serpent appears for a few days – from around March 19th to the 23rd, but on the actual date of the equinox the effect is most obvious.

  2. Barbara Weibel July 22, 2011 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Absolutely wonderful resource for anyone interested in Mayan ruins. Copan is also pretty spectacular – looking forward to your stories from there as it’s been many years since I visited.

  3. Calvin July 23, 2011 at 6:03 am - Reply

    With all these amazing archeological sites, it will be worth it to spend a long vacation to Mexico. It would be one of my greatest achievement in life if I can explore even at least 10 archeological sites in Mexico. I am so excited! I’m looking forward to it! I just hope I can go there by next year. And when it happens, I would be very happy!

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