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Exploring the Yamil Lu’um Maya Ruins of Cancun

The Yamil Lu’um Maya Ruins

You may be surprised to find the Yamil Lu’um ruins nestled between two hotels (the Park Royal Cancun Resort and Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort). The ruins consist of two temples, Temple of the Scorpion and Temple of the Handprint, were built between 1200 and 1550 AD and served as lighthouse towers. The ruins are well-preserved for their age and central location in the Cancun Beach Hotel Zone.

Getting to Yamil Lu’um Ruins

The Yamil Lu’um Ruins are located in the Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, which is an excellent choice for quality hotels and tourist attractions. After all, how many places in the world include hotels, Mayan ruins, and a pristine beach within steps of each other? Since the archaeological site is located on hotel property, you will need to access the beach to observe the ruins from a distance. However, if you put on your best smile and ask the hotel staff for a quick close-up view, you may get access that only hotel guests receive.

The ruins can be reached by taxi from Cancun International Airport; a 13-mile drive that will take you 20 minutes in usual traffic. If you are staying in the Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, consider asking your hotel concierge for shuttle service, or walk along Playa Marlin to take in the sight from the sand.

Nearby Activities

Shopping near the Yamil Lu’um Ruins is easy with two nearby malls. Fashion harbor is an open-air mall with incredible restaurants and luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. Steps away is the Plaza La Isla Cancun Mall which is your one-stop shop for delicious sweets, ice cream, and of course, clothes shopping.

You can swim with dolphins without traveling far from the Cancun Beach Hotel Zone. Interactive Aquarium Cancun provides you the opportunity to watch a dolphin show, swim with dolphins, and learn about the diverse marine life in Cancun and in the waters of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Mayan Ruins Yamil Lu'um Overview:

The Yamil Luum Ruins, also known as the Temple of the Iguana, is a Mayan archaeological site located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, Mexico. It is a small temple that was believed to have been built between 1200 and 1550 AD, during the Late Postclassic period of Mayan history.

The Yamil Luum Ruins were first discovered in the early 1980s, and archaeological excavation began in 1990. The temple was named after the iguanas that inhabit the area and are considered sacred by the Maya people.

The temple is unique in its design, with a rectangular base and a circular tower that rises over 30 feet above the ground. The tower has two levels, with the lower level featuring a small entrance and the upper level having a small room that was possibly used for religious ceremonies.

The Yamil Luum Ruins are located near the coast, and visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea from the top of the tower. However, access to the top is not allowed for safety reasons.

The site is open to the public and can be visited as part of a guided tour or independently. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the Maya people and see the architectural and artistic achievements of their civilization.

 

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