Oh we love this ruins site! Muyil and Chunyaxché, the modern names used to refer to this archaeological site are located within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Muyil is small and lush, no crowds and has a mystical quality about it. An easy site for you to navigate, and you will find the lagoon adds an entirely different spin to exploring the ruins.
Muyil is the most notable of the 22 pre-hispanic settlements of the Sian Ka’an and is situated 12 kilometers inland from the Caribbean shoreline, approximately 25 kilometers south of Tulum pueblo on Highway 307.
Muyil A is open to the public and extends across 38 hectares of jungle. It was a densely populated settlement during the pre-hispanic era with a greater quantity of civic-religious and residential buildings. Only some of buildings in Muyil A have been excavated by archaeologists. Because of the ruin’s proximity to Muyil lagoon, the city is thought to have been an important stop in the pre-hispanic Maya’s maritime trade route along the coast. There is evidence that the Maya utilized natural inlets and beaches up and down the coast for trade; Tulum ruins, Tankah, Akumal, Xaac, Paamul, Chakalal and the inlet of Xel-Ha and Xcaret.
The lagoons of Muyil and Chunyaxche are connected to the Caribbean sea by a narrow canal system dredged by the ancient Maya. These waterways provided access to the Caribbean by way of Laguna Campechen and the sea inlet at Boca Paila.
Muyil B is located 2 kilometers northeast of Muyil A and consists of a small nucleus of structures. Information indicates that Mayan groups began to populate Muyil B around 300 B.C. This is centuries before Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tulum were built. Muyil B was in use by the Maya until the first decades of the 16th century when Francisco de Montejo led the Spanish conquest of Yucatan. According to colonial period documents, the first campsite of the Spanish was established by Montejo in 1527 near the then Mayan seaport of Xel-ha, and he called it Salamanca de Xala.