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Mayapan Mayan Ruins

south of Merida, Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 38 attractions in Merida
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The Mayapan Ruins were a nice surprise after visiting Chichen Itza days prior. We only ran across three other families and best of all no vendors. Woooo Hooo!!! We especially liked that we could hike to the top of the ruins. Unfortunately, much of this site has not been excavated. Its estimated that what you see here is only 5%... More

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Portland, Oregon
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Not too far from Merida, we drove out there right after breakfast and were the only people there for our entire visit. Very reminiscent of Chichen Itza, but you can climb on the ruins and really get a good look around. Mayapan was the largest settlement in that area at one time and most of the ceremonial center has been... More

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Portland ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Wonderful ruins. Very peaceful and best of all we had them nearly all to ourselves. Definitely worth the trip

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Lugano, Switzerland
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Very compact archeological site with nice piramids and even two nice sculpted chaac faces (mascaron) puuc style. No juego de pelota. Very quiet site. Easy to reach by public transport (from Noroeste) say Mayapan Zona arch. not to be confused with Mayapan village. Bus stops right in front of the entrance.

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Winter Park, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Great site free from crowds of uninterested visitors and flocks of vendors. The site is defined well with explanations in Spanish and English. Some stucco and paintings survive but like many Maya ruins there has been some looting.

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Canton Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Just an awesome site. Huge and only 5% uncovered. There was only one other couple there when we visited so you'll have the whole place to yourself. Bring a guidebook,water and 36 pesos PP. This place should be on everyone's list along with Chit.,Ex Balam and Uxmal. Check out the white cat that hangs around the gate. He has two... More

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Monaco
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21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

What a surprise to see such a nice sport with a 100% full conservation ! Looks like the past has been polished and starts to re-live again ! Being there is to feel to be part of the History !

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We've visited a number of sites in the Yucatan over the years, but really liked this one. There were only 2 other people there and no vendors, so you felt much more involved. The site is compact, easy to walk, and all structures have signs to describe them. We thought the buildings were beautiful and amazingly well preserved. A short... More

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Mississauga, Ontario
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Mayapan Ruins is one of the largest Maya Sites, the size of Chichen Itza and surrounded by many cenotes. It's not busy and you can climb the pyramid. Bring your water. $36 pesos per person

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

There were only 6 other people there and so you pretty much have the place to yourself. You can still climb the piramids

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