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“A nice change from the bigger sites.”
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Eco-Adventure Including Muyil Ruins
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Edmonton, AB
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“A nice change from the bigger sites.”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Visited this in February. My guide book suggested going early in the morning as bird life and small animals may be about . We left our bed and breakfast at Santa Elena and were there by 8 a.m. It was a nice, quite site (we were the only ones there at that time of day). There is one nice fully excavated building, the 'Palacio'. There are two other small areas partially excavated. Many mounds overgrown with trees dot the area - just waiting to be discovered! We enjoyed walking along the shady paths and heard and saw a variety of birds plus saw a few nice butterflies and moths.
It took about 30 min to see and there is no entrance fee. This site and Labna were the only two small sites we stopped at on the Puuc Route. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
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Ajijic, Mexico
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“A small Mayan site”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

This small Mayan site is one of 3 along the Puuc Route you can visit in a day after having stopped at the Grutas Lol-Tun (Caves). There are lot of un-excavated areas on this site, but there were a couple of ruins that still showed the Mayan influence in that area. Most. The rest was piles of rubble. What it did have was a number of pebble covered paths that are interesting if you are into bird watching. We did see quite a variety of colorful birds and it also makes you feel as though you are the explorer in the area due to the very small number of people visiting at any given time. We were told that the Mexican government has not given any of the smaller sites any measure of importance and money for further excavation. Thus very few people stop there.

Visited October 2012
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Tallahassee, Florida
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165 reviews
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“Small Mayan Site with Few Structures”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Xlapak is a mostly unexcavated site with one interesting structure that has some excellent stone masks on the facade and a few in the process of renovation that are not much more than rock piles. An excellent crushed stone path winds through the forest to each structure and comes back to the entrance. Free with free parking. Few visitors. Minimal refreshments and toilets at the entrance.

Visited November 2012
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Edinburg, Texas
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“a nice place to stop if you're doing the Puuc route”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

I agree with others, who have noted that this site is 1) free, 2) close to Sayil, Labna, and other more spectacular ruins, and 3) has some interesting ruins. It is fairly small but has enough trails that one feels some of the exploring aspect by encountering ruins in small clearings. Birdwise, there were lots of Blue-crowned Motmots, especially around the main ruin. We also had good looks at Yellow-lored (Yucatan) Parrot, which can be difficult to see well, and the overall birdlife was pretty diverse. You can do it all in an hour or less if time is short, and the trails are pretty well-shaded.

Visited May 2011
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Littleton, Colorado
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“Small site, only a few structures -- but it's free”
Reviewed February 3, 2012

As the previous review stated, this is maybe not a site you'd want to make a special trip to see -- but if you're in the "neighborhood" anyway visiting Puuc Route sites, you should stop to check this out. Basically, there are three "groups" of structures. The first group has one restored structure (the best at this site), the second group has one (not quite as appealing), and the third group is basically rubble with just one room still standing.

So again, a nice stop if you're already on the Puuc Route.

Visited June 2011
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