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If you're an archaeology buff or not, these ancient structures will put you in awe of Yucatan's rich history.
Soaring graceful structures built on rolling terrain make this one of the most beautiful Mayan ruins that you'll ever see. The sound and light show is extraordinary and beats the one at Chichen Itza.
This is one of the most well-known ruins and hence one of the most visited. Make sure to arrive early to avoid the bus loads of tourists in the late morning. Exceptional buildings and craftsmanship.
Home of the tallest known Mayan temple and situated deeply within a biosphere reserve, this mega-ruin puts you at eye level with howler monkeys and parrots. Few lucky explorers have spotted jaguars and pumas.
If you like to explore and clamber around ruins, this is the place for you! Meander through palaces, pyramids, tunnels, and hidden passageways. Recently, a 1,500 year old mask was discovered here.
Located just off the Cross-Island Highway on Isla Cozumel, this is the most rewarding and accessible of all ruins. Major Mayan causeways connect the structures; explore the temple of Ix Chel, a small but well-preserved building that was probably a shrine.
This rarely visited site is home to extremely well preserved stucco masks.
Located in one of the most scenic spots, these may not be the biggest ruins. The terrain includes its own beach and stunning ocean views.
You will find this lesser visited site just 18 miles north of Valladolid. Restoration only began in the mid 90s. Marvel at the unique Mayan art and design, including winged figures reminiscent of angels.
At the height of its civilization, this site was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants. Once clearly a major political, economic, and social center, Coba is believed to become one of the largest Mayan excavations on the Yucatan.
Located in the Zona Hotelera of Cancun, this site consists of several platforms, two plazas, and a small temple and pyramid. Today, the ruins are home to hundreds of iguanas, which make a visit here even more interesting.