Mayan Ruins & Archaeological Sites

Dig Into The Mayan Past

Take a trip into the past. Follow the footsteps of Mayan priests, brave Spanish conquistadors, and 19th century adventurers who climbed the very same steps. Deep in the Yucatan jungle lie the remains of ancient Mayan cities that many call the “Egypt of the Americas.” The Mayan ruins of the Yucatan are awe-inspiring and provide a deeper understanding of Mexican history.

Feel the Allure of Ancient Times

Mexico’s rich and mysterious past is still visible in the amazing ancient ruins scattered throughout the country. From impressive towering pyramids in the Yucatan Peninsula to elaborate ancient cities found in Coba, the Mayan heritage continues to draw millions of tourists from across the globe. To help you extend your travels beyond the Yucatan and Riviera Maya, we have shared our experience in the remote Mayan ruin sites in southern and western locations. When traveling to the Riviera Maya, you will have a wealth of INAH ruins to visit, ranging from the Tulum ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea to Chichen Itza, the 8th wonders of the world!

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Balamkú Ruins - Campeche

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Balamkú, located just a few miles from Calakmul in the state of Campeche, has the largest surviving stucco frieze found at any of the excavated Mayan settlements.

Becán Ruins - Campeche

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The name Becán means “ravine formed by water, a contemporary name that Ruppert and Denison selected for the site.

Bonampak Ruins - Chiapas

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The preserved murals in Bonampak, date back to 790 A.D. Archaeologists believe that Bonampak has the finest classic Mayan frescoes.

Calakmul Ruins - Campeche

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A remote and beautiful UNESCO site, Calakmul Ruins deserves an award for its cultural and environmental importance.

Chacchoben Ruins - Costa Maya

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Chacchoben is mystical with towering mahogany trees, enormous cohune palms, strangler figs & banyan trees.

Chac Mool Ruins - Sian Ka'an

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In the Sian Ka’an Biosphere at the Santa Rosa peninsula , Chac Mool Ruins need to be accessed by boat and a guide.

Chicanná Ruins - Campeche

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The Mayan Ruins of Chicanná were rediscovered & named in 1966 by Jack D. Eaton during his Yucatan exploration.

Chichen Itza Ruins - Yucatan

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Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the #2 most visited Maya archaeological site in Mexico.

Cobá Ruins - Tulum

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Archaeologists believe Cobá is one of the most important sites on the Yucatan Peninsula as this city had a very different purpose.

Dzibanche & Kinichna - Costa Maya

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Dzibanche and Kinichna is a unique off the beaten path experience in the heart of local villages. The cities were discovered by Thomas Gann.

Dzibilchaltun Ruins - Merida

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Dzibilchaltun Ruins are located near the colonial city of Merida, Yucatan that was occupied when the Spanish arrived during the 1500s.

El Meco Ruins - Cancun

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El Meco, a small but influential Mayan Archaeological site located in Cancun, is well preserved and just recently opened to the public.

El Rey Ruins - Cancun

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This site located in Cancun is part of an ancient Maya trade route – a post-classic city with an interesting botanical garden.

Edzná Ruins - Campeche

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Archaeologists believe this Mayan city was influenced by the Itzá long before they founded Chichen Itzá.

Ek Balam Ruins - Valladolid

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Ek Balam’s most important cultural period was during the Late Classic Period 700 – 1000 A.D It was mapped in the 1980’s.

Kohunlich Ruins - Costa Maya

Kohunlich Ruins - Costa Maya
This Mayan city in the jungle is in the south and home to Howler monkeys heard, but not seen on the site.

Mayapan Ruins - Yucatan

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Uxmal and Chichen Itza can overshadow the Mayapan Ruins, but include this ruin on your list as Mayapán is worth seeing.

Muyil -Chunyaxché Ruins - Tulum

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Located at the boundaries of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Muyil Ruins is small, lush, has few visitors, and feels magical.

Palenque Ruins - Chiapas

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Palenque is as important as Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tikal in architectural magnificence and historical significance.

Playacar Ruins - Playa del Carmen

Playacar Ruins - Playa del Carmen
The Playacar Ruins were one of three launching points for Maya women to honor the Goddess Ixchel on Cozumel.

San Miguelito Ruins - Cancun

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San Miguelito Ruins is on the property of the Cancun Mayan Museum, a great combination that deepens an understanding of the Maya.

Sayil, Labna, Kabáh Ruins - Yucatan

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Few visit these small sites as Uxmal towers over the area. Don’t miss these three archaeological gems that enhance knowledge of the Maya.

Tulum Ruins - Tulum

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The greatest attraction at the Tulum Ruins is its location. The Caribbean views continue to be described as spectacular and breath-taking.

Uxmal Ruins - Yucatan

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This UNESCO Mayan ruin site is less crowded than others and with an overnight stay at local hotels, you can fully enjoy the Uxmal experience

Xel Ha Ruins - Tulum

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Xel-Ha Ruins seems to be overshadowed by Tulum Ruins and Xel-Ha Eco-park. This site has some great murals not found in Tulum or Muyil Ruin sites.

Yaxchilan Ruins - Chiapas

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Our journey to Yaxchilan Ruins had us heading down the Usumacinta River in Chiapas, a journey no one forgets and treasures a part of this trip.

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