Historic Sites in Yucatan Peninsula

Historic Sites in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula Historic Sites

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  • Bianca
    Αθήνα7 contributions
    Do not miss it!! One of the wonders of the world, truly majestic and spectacular. Use a lot of sunscreen before visiting it and be prepared for a wonderful experience.
    Written May 22, 2022
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  • WorldTraveller
    London, UK608 contributions
    Quiet and unassuming buy tremendously important in the context of the Mayan world. And beautiful for its Pucc and Chenes architecture. Well worth the hour long trip from Campeche.
    Written February 16, 2022
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  • Lee M
    Tampa, FL249 contributions
    We had a quick hour during a tour in which the biggest adventure was the drive through the far flung Yucantan roads and towns/villages to visit three great cenotes, swim, and eat a stunningly good lunch with a Mayan "shaman." Ask for tour contractors "Sammie" and "Mario the Driver" at your hotel. I personally liked seeing the ruins and imagined the late stage city of 70,000 who lived and died there 1,000 years ago. Take water and a hat because it was about 104 degrees our day there.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • Liliana E
    Miami, FL32 contributions
    I love it. Nice experience! Great job Mayans👏
    Bring your passport, umbrella and water.
    Go with a tour. You really need information about this place.
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • David S
    Hudson, NH625 contributions
    The evening show is worth the money you spend (it's free.) I suppose it's a good thing to do between dining and a bar. It is very pleasant to sit outside. At the end, there are dancers and drummers looking for tips from the crowd. The museum tour is not that exciting but it's nice to explore the grounds and the rooms. It wasn't that expensive and is a good way to fill your time.
    Written April 16, 2022
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada20,917 contributions
    A "long rectangle" lined with ruin structures along both sides is this site (actually I would say more of an "appearance of long length" due to its fairly narrow width but yes you can walk back that length in like 5 minutes from the far end after seeing all the structures) where I was most impressed by these two temples or palaces with multiple rows of short vertical pillars which quite likely is a style "unique to the Yucatan" having seen one such structure at the small San Miguelito site adjacent to the big Mayan Museum right in Cancun & was also to see later on another one at Chichen-Itza (on a "grander scale" though with a lot more rows of those pillars) but having seen none such structure at the sites further down south in Central America (Copan, Tikal & Xunantunich) and also later on at Teotihuacan which is outside the Yucatan. In any case, not much time is needed at this site with all the structures being "relatively small" which are also either roped off or with signs on their steps not to go up (also another uniqueness of the management style or such of the sites in the Yucatan with the site structures "just for viewing", unlike those outside the Yucatan where I was able to go up their pyramids & such to enjoy those structures "up close").

    And nearby, actually pretty much just across the street from this site (to the left on Blvd. Kukulcan after coming out of here and across the street shortly afterward) is a "viewing deck" overlooking the beautiful Playa Delfines (with a number of straw umbrellas on that "pretty wide" beach) & the "deep-blue" sea beyond and where also to do is a nice photo-op with the big colorful 'Cancun' sign at just steps away from the deck. Also, not too close to this site but just at a 5-to-10-minute bus ride to the north (from across Blvd. Kukulcan where there's actually a bus stop right in front of the 'Cancun' sign) is Museo Maya de Cancun with the adjacent small ruin San Miguelito (as mentioned above) where yes both the indoor displays & the outdoor ruin are "fairly average" but overall a worthwhile site.
    Written January 23, 2021
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  • irina j
    London, UK1,776 contributions
    Many people drive straight to Uxmal and don’t visit this site. It is dedicated to rain god Chaac and has many images of him. They are in the great condition. This is also the only site that allows closer access to ruins. There were almost no tourists when we came .
    Written April 5, 2022
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  • tatumdazzle
    Memphis, TN43 contributions
    My boyfriend and I really enjoyed visiting Ek Balam. As others have said the tickets are expensive but we felt it was worth it. I downloaded an audio tour on the Action Tour Guide app so I could go at my own pace and understand what I was looking at. We loved being able to climb on the ruins rather than just look from afar. Also, the tomb of Ukil-Kan-Lek-Tok was stunning. It was in almost perfect condition. Also the view from the top of the tower was beautiful and a perfect place for pictures and viewing the surrounding area.

    The only negative experience was being approached by a young man in the parking lot asking us for money to "watch" our car.
    Written May 2, 2022
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  • Leonard
    Centurion, South Africa69 contributions
    We cruised in on the Carnival Conquest ship. Chose a 4 hour guided tour package on a tour bus of the island to the Mayan ruins followed by Techila and chocolate tasting, which included a taco style lunch. The tour guide option is well worth it. Cost of $89/person. Lots of history here. Island is totally dependent on tourism.
    Written April 17, 2022
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  • Brenda B
    Ogden, UT411 contributions
    These Mayan ruins are impressive, but what I liked most was the birds and monkeys. Located in a tropical jungle, we went there for birdwatching and saw the beautiful Ocellated Turkeys on the road to the ruins. We saw Spider monkeys and heard Howlers too.
    Written February 1, 2022
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  • irina j
    London, UK1,776 contributions
    After visiting Chichen Itza this site was really great and far less commercial. There are not many vendors selling souvenirs, just the official shop. The main Pyramid is very tall and in a great condition! You could easily imagine what this was like in Maya’s time. The site is also very big. You could get closer to Governor palace . Unfortunately some areas were closed off. They said it’s because of Covid but our guide said that it’s an excuse. You can’t climb any of the sites now either unfortunately. I can understand why they closed off access but can’t stop thinking how great it would be to be on the top where once the priests and kings were standing!
    Written April 5, 2022
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  • Andreas N
    Copenhagen, Denmark82 contributions
    Located at the same site as Chichén-Itzá you won't miss this astonishing temple on your visit to the site.
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • Kevin P
    Waihi Beach, New Zealand405 contributions
    Spent an excellent couple of hours here, visiting the museum, church and plazas of this walled town. This was serious pirate country in the 1500s! The museum is in English as well, and has some good displays and cutouts of the sailing ships and armaments of the day. Enjoy.
    Written February 22, 2022
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  • Marilyn C
    1 contribution
    Had a full day trip with Guillermo from Viator Tours. Tulum ruins, Coba pyramid and Multum Ha Cenote was the grand finale. Taking a cenote plunge is a unique, fun experience for kids and adults. Highly recommend. Viator was very flexible and responsive to our interests.
    Written February 27, 2022
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  • sirenazulclaro
    New York City, NY216 contributions
    Stopped by the fort after sunset. It is very close to Bacalar Plaza and easily walkable. The Bacalar sign for photos is also nearby.
    Written April 28, 2022
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