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Mayapan Mayan Ruins

south of Merida, Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 39 Attractions in Merida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

What I know of Mayapan Ruins - not much, I have to confess, is that it is the most importante site of the postclasic Mayan period. The powerful Itzaes were defeated there. If you like archaeoligcal sites this is a must visit.

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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Wonderful ruins quite close to Merida. Easy to walk around as the part that is open to the public is just the city centre and very compact. Price for entry was 36 pesos which is very reasonable and you can climb on the ruins. Bathrooms here have just been replaced and are new and very good.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

There are two sets of Mayan ruins, this lovely looking one and a tired little site consisting of two minor structures, one significantly degraded, in the middle of a rather seedy looking neighborhood in the modern city of Mayan itself. Be sure you go to the right one!

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Free exploration of a once great mayan city- no people - no restrictions. Whereas other Mayan sites are roped off and feel like a museum filled with tourists, at Mayapan you can climb the pyramids and imagine the city freely

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Houston, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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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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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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