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Mayapan Mayan Ruins

south of Merida, Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 39 Attractions in Merida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was a walled Mayan ruin. It is modeled after the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. If you have visited Chichen Itza you will recognize the copies of El Caracol and El Castillo. It will probably take you about 45 minutes to drive there from Merida.

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houston
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

the new cathedral was built on top of the old mayan ruins. if you drive around you can see the tall walls that are still standing as a witness of history

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New City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A Full day of Travel and Sightseeing, be prepared to leave your Hotel Early and expect a full day on your feet and travel,with your only rest time, LUNCH

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UK
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We absolutely enjoyed this site. Relatively compact, it is really easy to imagine the place as a functioning town centre. The variety and quality of ruins are top-notch. We arrived early and the place was completely tranquil and bereft of crowds. No man-made pathways and hardly any roped-off sections add to the authentic feel. A superb site. Please note -... More

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were looking for an interesting trip to take on our stop in Progresso from the Carnival Cruise- we're so glad we talked to William Lawson's tour company and booked a driver to take us to Mayapan and the Cenote. Our tour guide Angel was FANTASTIC- his knowledge and love of his country and culture made the trip so enjoyable.... More

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chelem
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I really like Mayapan ruins they are so peaceful and have some great things to see. There are actual mayan paintings here as well as pyramids to climb. A must see really.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The monumental center that is open for tourism occupies about 1/50th of the walled, urban city. Under all of those trees one sees from the top of the Temple of Kukulcan are the remains of houses, streets, workshops, stores, neighborhoods, markets, and other public squares, home to 15,000 or more people! The city wall is 9.1 km long and had... More

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tucson, az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

This ruin is a little off the beaten path, hence fewer visitors and no vendors, bonus! We hired a cab from Merida which was very reasonable, cheaper than taking a tour. Visitors are able to climb on, around and in the buildings. Some restoration is in evidence, we found a mural that still had evidence of paint....amazing. A magical spot,... More

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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 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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11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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