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“a forested Mayan ruin near Uxmal worth visiting” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Owner description: These Mayan ruins are not as well-known as Uxmal, but nonetheless offer some spectacular archaeological sights, such as El Mirador and the Temple of the Lintel.
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“a forested Mayan ruin near Uxmal worth visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

Sayil is one of four Mayan sites within a 30-minute drive of Uxmal. It is the first in a series of 3 in a row. Definitely not as spectacular as Uxmal, but has one large ruin with some interesting figures, and a variety of smaller ruins scattered through the forest. The latter give one a feeling of discovery, since they are in very small clearings in the forest. One is able to easily combine cultural and ecotourism, especially birding, and it is definitely not crowded. Especially in winter, when mid-day temperatures are milder, one can easily combin Sayil with some of the other nearby sites. as always, one will see more birds with an early arrival.

Visited May 2011
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“Nice ruin to visit while visiting Uxmal and surrounding sites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

The most impressive structure at this site is the palace. It takes only an hour or so to thoroughly visit this ruin.

Visited May 2011
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“worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2007

Sayil was the second of three Mayan sites along the Pu'uc Route that we visited in March, 2007. It is accessible via the Pu'uc Route bus that leaves Merida each morning. However, since we are the types who like to wander around ruins at our leisure, we opted to rent a car for our excursion.

Sayil was a sizeable city more than a thousand years ago, and the remains are scattered throughout the forest. Only one structure, the Palace, located near the entrance, has been fully restored. It is a very impressive structure, covered with carvings such as masks of Chac, the rain god, and is considered a superb example of the Pu'uc style of Mayan architecture.

From there you can follow several paths leading into the forest to see other remains of this city. We took one path... the walk through the forest made us feel like jungle explorers... which led to the "Mirador", a structure built atop a small unrestored mound. We were able to climb to the top. We continued a short distance further to a carving of a fertility god.

There were some other paths, but by that time the heat was getting to us, and we decided to head back to the comfort of our air-conditioned car.

By the way, the word "Pu'uc" is Mayan for hill. Unlike the northern portion of the Yucatan, which is flat as a pancake, this area of the peninsula is fairly hilly... a bit of variety after the geographic monotony of the rest of the peninsula.

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