Mayan Culture: Art, Dance and Architecture

Mexico is a wonderful place for the lovers of culture, traditions and customs, and in your vacation to Cancun you will get to know a little bit more about the Mayan Culture: their art, dance and architecture.

Mayan Culture found in Cancun

The Mayan civilization spread from the southern Mexican states down to the northern Central American nations including of course the state of Quintana Roo. Some people comment that Cancun was created much later and has no Mayan history, but they would be wrong.

Mayan Art

Mayan art is intricate, beautiful and so detailed you could look at it for hours and still find something new each time. The Mayans were very creative when it came to using different materials so paintings and drawings can be found as carvings in wood, stone and clay as well as moulded figures.
Shopping for souvenirs in Cancun is easy and fun with flea markets in abundance depicting Mayan symbols, figures and drawings.

Native Maya Dance

The Mayans expressed themselves and their civilization through dance and was used for religious ceremonies, giving thanks and honouring the dead. The music is fast, colorful and will make you want to join in.
A lot of Cancun hotels offer a Mexican theme evening and a couple of local companies offer a complete show full of Mayan dancing and culture. It is thought that the dancers used mind techniques to get into a trance state and communicate with the other world.


When we think of Mayan Architecture we of course think of pyramids. Every Mayan city was different and there was no governor of the civilization as a whole. There are Cancun excursions to the local Mayan ruins such as Tulum and Chichen Itza but did you know that Cancun has ancient Mayan ruins as well?

Such is the case of the archaeological site of San Miguelito, right next to the Mayan Museum. This museum, located in the Cancun hotel zone holds an impressive collection of relics, artwork and skeletal remains that will be able to enjoy.

Plan your vacations ahead so you have time to appreciate all the beauty and culture of Cancun.