Mexico has been the home of many different civilizations for more than 20,000 years.

Pre-Columbian civilizations like the Aztecs, Mayan, Olmecs, Zapotec and Mixtecs were the main inhabitants in Mexico before the spaniards came in 1519. These civilizations were spread among center and south Mexico and some went all the way down to Central America. They all were dominant during different time periods, with the Olmecs as the oldest civilization and the Aztecs as the most recent.

Although there are still indigenous communities in Mexico, the greatest evidence of their existence are the pyramids, temples and other ruins that still stand today. Some of the most popular archaeological sites are: Chichén Itzá, Teotihuacan, Cobá, El Tajín, Palenque, Tulum and Uxmal. There are many sites closed for visitors and some even remain buried and unexplored.

All these archaeological sites are protected and managed by the INAH, Mexico’s National Anthropological and History Institute, and access for film and photo production is restricted and sometimes unavailable, so production inside or near these sites has to be carefully planned in advance.

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