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At Coba, rent a bicycle. The main temple/pyramid is a long walk through the jungle and the bike ride will save you lots of energy. Many people think that the walk would be "nice" however if you climb to the top of the great pyramid then you will be tired and wished you had a bike to get back on.

I N A H

Mexican Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History known as INAH for its Spanish abbreviation) is the federal government bureau established in 1939 to guarantee the research, preservation, protection, and promotion of the prehistoric, archaeological, anthropological, historical, and paleontological heritage of Mexico.

This bureau is responsible for the over 110 thousand historical monuments, built between the 16th and 19th centuries, and for 29 thousand archaeological zones found all over the country, although is it estimated there must be 200 thousand sites with archaeological remains. Of these 29,000, 150 are open to the public.





MAYAN RUIN SITES

It is the opinion of TravelYucatan.com that no particular ruin site is more important to visit than another. Playa del Carmen Granted, some sites are much larger and grandiose, however even the smallest site can offer up some clue or evidence that may help you put the mystery together.

Each site is different and expresses the magnificence of the civilization that once flourished there. With a little bit of imagination one can be transported back to a time when the beauty of life was celebrated in every means possible by people in tune with their suroundings.

We do, however, offer sound advice in to help plan your expedition accordingly.

A map of the entire Yucatan Peninsula with ruin sites can be found here:
 

   
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National Profile
Indigenous peoples of Mexico.
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Interviews with interesting people.
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Great resource for school projects!
 
 
 

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TravelYucatan.com offers exciting guided tours to the following sites:

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Chichen Itza Archaeological Sites   $77   $39  
Coba Pac-Chen Archaeological Site   $115   $105  
Tulum + Xel-Ha Archaeological Site
+ Snorkeling
  $139   $85  
Xcaret Park   $69   $35  

NOTE: Posted Rates are for tours departing from Cancun. Rates vary depending on the pick-up location.

Xcaret is not an Archaeological site but does have some Myan ruins and is an excellent place to learn about Mayan culture. We love this place and highly recommend you visit!

To see the complete list of tours available and/or learn more, please visit: ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS



YUCATAN PENINSULA RUIN SITE LIST

Click on | Map | under each state title to view a map with all that state's ruin sites on it.

Click a ruin site title to view information about that site.



YUCATAN Y U C A T A N

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Ruin Sites:
Acanceh*
Ake*
Chichen Itza***
Chacmultun*
Dzibilchaltun**
Ek Balam**
Izamal*
Kabah*
Labna*
Mayapan**
Oxkintok*
Sayil*
Xlapak*
Xtempo*
Uxmal***
Yaxuna/Xcan Ha*

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QUINTANA ROO Q U I N T A N A   R O O

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Ruin Sites:
Coba***
Dzibanche***
El Rey
Kinichna
Kohunlich***
Muyil*
Oxtankah**
Punta Laguna
San Gervasio
Tulum**
Xel-Ha*

*** large site       ** medium site       * small site

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C A M P E C H E

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Ruin Sites:
Balamku
Becan
Calakmul
Chicanna
Dzibilnocac*
Edzna**
Hochob*
Xpujil*

*** large site       ** medium site       * small site

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MAYA TRIVIA

Today's Maya number more than six million, are divided in to many differnt ethnic groups and speak more than 30 distinct indigenous languages.

Natural wells are called cenotes from the Mayan word dsonoot.

The Maya describe the Yucatan as "u luumil cutz, u luumil ceh, mayab u kabah" - the land of the pheasant, the land of the deer and Mayab is its name.

The word puuc means "hilly country" in the Maya language of the Yucatec.

The first three rows of a Mayan corn field were for travelers.

True windows are rarely found in Maya architecture.

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