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Mayapan Mayan Ruins

south of Merida, Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 38 Attractions in Merida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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
3 attraction reviews
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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