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RUIN SITES IN THE MAYAN RIVIERA
Nobody knows for sure how many Mayan ruin sites are out there. The majority of them are still under heavy brush and have yet to be excavated. However the Yucatan Peninsula is host to a number of spectacular sites and some are within driving range if you are staying anywhere along the Mayan Riviera.
This section, unlike other pages in this site dedicated to Mayan Archeology divides the ruin sites into two classifications. The first class is for vacationers who would like to explore Mayan ruins while on their vacation. There are several sites that are equipped for tourists and tours are available to these sites through TravelYucatan.com and a host of other reputable companies, there and on-line.
The other class is for the Mayan Enthusiast, which is geared towards the person who wishes to spend as much time as possible exploring ruin sites and other interesting Mayan places and stuff. Thus we have added some other unusual ideas/destinations here.
MAYAN RUIN SITES FOR VACATIONERS
There are three sites that are on the short list in this category. You will see them listed in every web site dedicated to the area and every piece of travel literature as well. These sites are:
For more info on Tulum ruins see: Tulum Ruins
For more info on Coba see: Coba Ruins
Chichen Itza is considered a must see for all Vacationers and Mayan Enthusiasts as well.
For more info on Tulum ruins see: Chichen Itza
More info on Mayan ruins can be found in: Mayan Ruin Sites
TravelYucatan.com offers exciting guided tours to Chichen Itza, Coba Pac-Chen, Tulum, Xcaret
NOTE: Xcaret is not a ruin site but an excellent place to learn about Mayan culture. We love this place and highly recommend you visit!
To see the complete list of tours see Attractions and Tours
MAYAN RUIN SITES FOR THE MAYAN ENTHUSIAST
At the fork in the road, just before the turn to Coba, take the road not going to Coba. Keep driving until you see a small sign at a group of houses at the side of the road. You may even notice the museum sign if it is still there.
Once you pay your meager entrance fee [$3.00 last time we were there] you enter a world of unmarked paths, mosquitoes and dense jungle. You definitely need a GPS or compass to go in there. And lots of bug spray.
Muyil will more than likely be deserted except for you and the guard at the entrance. There is a path that you follow that leads you around to the various structures then takes you back to the entrance. No maps are available for this site and it is easy to get around without a guide here or GPS or compass.
From here you can either go South to Chetumal area, which has some amazing sites, then go West around Edzna which has some large fascinating sites, then to Palenque in Chiapas. From Palenque you can go further South or you can return via Campeche, Merida, Izmal - Cancun Airport.
You can also go in the other direction from the Mayan Riviera and go from Valladolid to Merida to Campeche to Palenque then back to Chetumal, up to Cancun.
We have traveled both routes numerous times and recommend to break it up in multiple trips dividing the Yucatan Peninsula into four travel zones for Mayan archeological adventures. One trip for the Mayan Riviera, one trip for Chetumal area, one trip for Merida area, one trip for Chetumal to Chiapas.
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