The temples and buildings housed religious ceremonies and the very elite of Mayan society lived there. I can see why. The coast is magnificent and the barrier reef made for smooth and protected waters for fishing and travel. There is a reason that people keep putting up massive structures on coastlines around the area. It’s simply a beautiful place to live, and it also affords some easily obtained fresh water through the abundant number of cenotes in the area.
You really aren't a uber-cool tourist unless you have a really floppy hat. I can practically feel the envy you are experiencing...
Not quite the pinnacle of technology, but not bad considering. Especially if you wanted your pyramid to have an authentic beaver tail whacked look about it.
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