Mayan Ruins Of The Yucatan Peninsula

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There are over 4000 Mayan Ruins scattered across Central America and Mexico.  The most famous ruins near Cancun would be Chichen Itza.  Below are 25+ Mayan Ruin sites and up to 50 videos on each site.  Also check out my page on Cancun Cenotes here.

North Yucatan above Cancun

Punta Laguna Reserve

No ruins here but a sanctuary for monkeys on an amazing island called Holbox!  Discover the meaning of paradise and plan a day or two seeing this during your cancun adventure.  There is a cenote called Yalahau and a reserve area for bird watching and boat tours.

Mayan Ruins of Punta Laguna Reserve

Ixchel Ruins

Discover the Mayan Ruins on Isla Mujeres (Island Of Women), Mayan Goddess of the Moon, fertility, happiness and medicine.  Rent a golf car and see the entire 5 mile by 1/4 mile wide island including the Ruins of the Temple Of Ixchel.

Ixchel Mayan Ruins
Mayan Ruins of Ixchel

Closest to Cancun Mexico

Yamil Luum Ruins

The Ruins of Yamil Luum are located near the top of the Cancun Hotel Zone beach side next to the Park Royal Pyramids Hotel.  These two remnants were referred to as the Temple Of The Scorpion and the Temple Of The Handprint.  They are considered old lighthouses or watchtowers.  

Mayan Ruins of Yamil Luum

El Meco Ruins

Located about 5 miles north of the city of Cancun.  This temple was dedicated to the Mayan God Of Rain called Chaac.  They have uncovered around 14 structures here on the El Meco Archaeological Site.  The cost is minor and is around $3 per person.  There are many Iguanas here that people feed.

Mayan Ruins of El Meco
Mayan Ruins of El Meco

Playacar Ruins

Visit the Mayan Ruins of Playacar Mexico located inside the gated city of Playacar.  Located at the south end of Playa Del Carmen near the ferry to Cozumel.

Mayan Ruins of Playacar

San Gervasio Cozumel Ruins

Visit the Mayan Ruins located on the north side of Cozumel Island.  There are several ruin sites but San Gervasio is the best by far.  Dedicated to the Goddess Ix Chel.

Mayan Ruins of San Gervasio
Mayan Ruins of San Gervasio

El Rey Ruins

  Located on the south end of the Cancun Hotel Zone is where you’ll find the El Rey Ruins.  There are 47 stone structures here and the site backs up to the lagoon.

Mayan Ruins of El Rey
Mayan Ruins of El Rey

San Miguelito Ruins

Just up the road from the El Rey Ruins are the Ruins of San Miguelito & a the Mayan Museum.  For a small fee you get to see both of them.

Mayan Ruins of San Miguelito
Mayan Ruins of San Miguelito

El Cedral Cozumel Ruins

Here is the second most popular ruins on the island of Cozumel.  El Cedral is more of a Mayan town experience than a set of ruins.  There are ruins here but they are small.  People seem to like the small church next to the ruins.

Mayan Ruins of El Cedral

Mayan Ruins Near Tulum

(80 miles south of Cancun along the eastern Yucatan coastline)

Muyil (Chunyaxché) Ruins

About 30 minutes south of the Tulum Ruins is the Muyil Ruins.  These ruins are spread out over 80 acres with boardwalk leading to the lagoon Sian Kaan Reserve.  See the largest pyramid in the area here topping out at 57 feet!  The site may still not be excavated in spots.  

Mayan Ruins of Muyil
Mayan Ruins of Muyil

Tulum Ruins

Come explore the Tulum Ruins of El Castillo (the lighthouse) and the Temples of Frescoes, the Descending God and Dios del Viento (God of Winds Temple).  These ruins are located on the beach and were a fortified Mayan Port complete with ten foot defensive wall.  

Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Mayan Ruins Near Chetumal

(240 miles south of Cancun along the eastern coastline)

Kinichna & Dzibanche Ruins

Located about 200 miles south of Tulum are the Kinichna and Dzibanche Ruins.  There is a climbable pyramid called House Of The Sun and a temple called Lintels.

Mayan Ruins of Dzibanche
Mayan Ruins of Kinichna & Dzibanche

Calakmul Ruins

Very large off the path ruins bigger that Chichen Itza containing more than 6000 structures hidden deep in the jungle.  The road into the ruins is 30 plus miles long.

Mayan Ruins of Calakmul
Mayan Ruins of Calakmul

Xpuhil Ruins

Mayan Ruins of Xpuhil
Mayan ruins at Kohunlich in Mexico
Mayan Ruins of Kohunlich

Mayan Ruins Heading Inland

(30 miles inland, west of Tulum & Cancun)

Mayan Ruins of Ek balam
Mayan Ruins of Ek Balam
Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza
Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza
Mayan Ruins of Coba
Mayan Ruins of Coba

Mayan Ruins Near Merida

(200 miles west of Cancun below Merida)

Mayan Ruins of Kabah Palace
Mayan Ruins of Kabah
Mayan Ruins of Xlapac
Mayan Ruins of Xlapac
Mayan Ruins of Sayil Palace
Mayan Ruins of Sayil
Mayan Ruins of Mayapan
Mayan Ruins of Mayapan
Mayan Ruins of Uxmal Pyramid of the Magician
Mayan Ruins of Uxmal
Mayan Ruins of Dzibilchaltun
Mayan Ruins of Dzibilchaltun
Mayan Ruins of Labna
Mayan Ruins of Labna
Mayan Ruins of Oxkintok

Mayan Ruins Near Campeche

(Far west of Cancun on the western coastline)

Edzna Ruins

Mayan Ruins of Edzna
Mayan Ruins of Edzna

Experience the Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan!  Here are a few of the most popular Mayan Ruin tours and excursions.  These are all offered by Viator a TripAdvisor Company!

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