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
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.
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.
Closest to Cancun Mexico
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.
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.
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 Near Tulum
(80 miles south of Cancun along the eastern Yucatan coastline)
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.
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 Near Chetumal
(240 miles south of Cancun along the eastern coastline)
Mayan Ruins Heading Inland
(30 miles inland, west of Tulum & Cancun)
Mayan Ruins Near Merida
(200 miles west of Cancun below Merida)
Mayan Ruins Near Campeche
(Far west of Cancun on the western coastline)
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!
- Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Combo Tour
- Price: $99.00
- Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and River Wallace Tour
- Price: $85.00