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“"The Little Chichen Itza"”

Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Ranked #5 of 117 things to do in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

I like the charming of this place, small, informal and green... I don't like the unconcience of people who leave its coke can anywhere...

Thank Raul O J
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Close to Merida, and certainly worth the drive. We had the whole place to ourselves. The fact that a person can climb up the pyramids, as well as the other structures was great. We liked this site the best of all we visited.

3  Thank Darrinn M
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Mayapan is indeed a lesser-known site but it has its history. If you speak Spanish, look for Eric at the entrance and he will explain things for you. He is very passionate about the place and knows quite a bit. His fee is usually around $200 pesos and your biggest problem will be trying to keep up with all the names of people and places he will throw your way.

Mayapan as we see it today was built in the style of Chichen Itzá because the people that built the site up were from Chichen Itzá. There is an observatory-style building which is not really that but an altar. The similarity of that and El Caracol in old Chichen is peculiar.

Things to look for at the site:
the frescos, mentioned by others here.
the birds: there are a lot of birds and the absence of people make this a great place to birdwatch, especially in the morning.
the cave/cenote with two giant avocado trees
the spectacular view from the top of the large pyramid
the lack of vendors
the cheap entry fee
the pottery shards dug up by moles off to the right, near the forest when standing in front of the site

Combine Mayapan with lunch at Mani, or a visit to Tecoh, a look at the hacienda Chanchakan or pop into Telchaquillo to see the Mayan stones used to build the modest church there - you will see them in the facade on the front.

8  Thank BillLawson
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Ok, the fresco of the fisherman (uncovered only in 2002) is interesting, but you can see a replica - and see it much better, since the original is framed in and inaccessible to the point of annoyance - at the Gran Museu de Mundo Maya in Merida. The other frescoes are nothing to write home about. But if you combine this with the Grutas de Tzabnah nearby in Tecoh (a very interesting way to get to a refreshing cenote swim - entry, 60 pesos per adult), then it's a good day trip from Merida. Entry to Mayapan is 35 pesos per adult.

1  Thank LMilich
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I did enjoy the friendly people, the warm weather that Merida has in January, February, and March. I really would not recommend going in the summer, unless you like extremely hot days.

Thank Rosacgvb
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