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Six Must-See Mayan Ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Looking to see some of the ancient ruins from civilizations of yesteryear? Here are six must-see Mayan Ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. 

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01. Coba

There are 130 steps to the top of the pyramid of Coba, making it the tallest Mayan structure in the Northern Yucatan.

It can be a tough climb, so make sure you’re up for the challenge before pushing yourself past your limits. There are plenty of ground-level attractions for those who decide not to make the trek upwards.

02. Tulum

Tulum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, and it is watched over by some of the most breathtaking Mayan ruins in the whole country. One of the last cities built by the Mayans, these ruins were originally built to honor the planet Venus.

Once you’re finished peeking around at the ruins, Paradise Beach is just a short trip from Tulum. Go stretch out on the beach and relax after your strenuous climb to the top of the pyramids— you earned it!

03. Ek Balam

Ek Balam

Roughly translated to ‘black jaguar,’ Ek Balam boasts unique ruins containing some of the most intricate and detailed carvings found throughout all of the Mayan Ruins.

They are also some of the best preserved Mayan Ruins. Being constructed with stucco and limestone has kept them in better condition than many of the other well known Mayan ruin sites. It’s a strenuous trek to the top of this Acropolis pyramid, but the views from the top are worth it.

04. Chichen Itza

chichen itza

One of the most popular destinations for tourists, the enormous step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates this ancient city.

This is an enormous area for tourists to explore. When you’ve had enough amazing ruins for the day, stop by the on-site restaurant for a late lunch or pick up a trinket at the souvenir shop.

05. Uxmal

If you’re looking for a more laid back experience than the hustle and bustle of some of the more popular tourist destinations, visit the Uxmal ruins. They are less crowded, due in part to the fact that there is a limited crowd enforced.

While you can’t climb all the ruins at Uxmal, there are some you can trek to the top of that boast spectacular views. It’s a more difficult trek to Uxmal than some of the other popular ruin destinations, however most visitors say the extra work is worth it for the scenic views and peaceful atmosphere.

06. Calakmul

One of the most secluded ruin sites in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Calakmul is surrounded by jungle and can only be reached after a 1.5 hour drive through the rainforest.

The lush surroudings give Calakmul the mysterious and dramatic atmosphere that visitors rave about. All of the ruins can be climbed, affording the most adventurous and in-shape travelers beautiful views over the tops of the rainforest. You might even get to see some wildlife climbing from tree to tree!

Final Thoughts

A trip to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is not complete without seeing some of these ancient ruins. Use the above information to narrow down your list of must-see destinations, and you’ll be on your way to see some ruins very soon. Thank you for checking out our list of the six must-see Mayan Ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.