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“worth stopping on the way”
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Sayil
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8-Day Yucatan Peninsula: Small-Group Tour from Cancun Including Chichen Itza...
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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.
Reviewed December 23, 2012

while you're driving the ruta puuc, it's worth a stop just to get a feel of the place. nothing "special", but it helps to build a picture of what life was like in those days. and you can climb over all the structures since very few people stop here.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is a near perfectly pre-served site, that really you could spend longer just enjoying the history of the place without the hassle of seeing coach loads of tourists that you find at Chichen Itza

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

A must when exploring the Uxmal area and the Ruta Puuc. The Palacio is the stand out here. Give yourself an hour to view the main sights.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Sayil is in a heavily wooded area with paths, some good and some barely passable, through the jungle. There is a huge Palacio just a short walk into the ruins in a grassy area. It has a lot of masks, columns, carvings, and other stonework but cannot be climbed. This is well worth a trip but the other structures are mainly unexcavated and those that have been partially restored are not much to see. Each requires a walk of several hundred meters into the forest and the directional signs are off by a factor of at least 2 for distance. Take a half hour to see the Palacio and its adornments or take a couple hours to walk 3-5 kilometers through the woods to the other ruins (recommended for enthusiasts only). Cost was 35 pesos with free parking at the entrance. Few visitors. Minimal refreshments and no toilets at the entrance.

4  Thank MisterWombat
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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.

Thank Tim B
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