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Muyil picture in Tulum
Muyil picture in Tulum
Muyil picture in Tulum
Muyil picture in Tulum
Muyil picture in Tulum
Muyil picture in Tulum

Key Info

  • Reforma Agraria-Puerto Juárez km 25, Chunyaxche
    77710 Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R., Mexico
  • Tours & Tickets

Price & Hours

  • 50 pesos (about $3)
  • Hours vary

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  • Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.4
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  • Value
    3.0
  • Facilities
    1.5
  • Atmosphere
    3.5

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Located on the northern edge of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (just off Highway 307), the Muyil archaeological site offers a quiet respite from the super popular, but slightly overrated, Tulum Ruins (which are located near the downtown area). The verdant site is home to a variety of ancient structures (it's believed to have been established as early as 300 B.C.), the most prominent among them being El Castillo, an impressive 55-foot pyramid and one of the tallest buildings in the Yucatán. Another must-see is the observation deck, which offers a bird's-eye view of the lagoon. If you continue along the path past the observation deck, you'll reach the lagoon, where boat tours are offered. Among the lush jungle setting, you'll find a variety of smaller pyramids, paths and ceremonial structures.

Many past visitors described their experience at Muyil as "relaxing" and "quiet" thanks to the lack of tourist crowds. According to reviewers, admission to the site costs 45 pesos (less than $2.50) per person. To access the trail that leads to the observation deck, you'll need to pay an additional 50 pesos (around $2.50). Parking is free and restrooms are located at the entrance. Though there is no guidebook available to provide context to the structures, travelers reported that there are signs stationed around the site in both English and Spanish that provide background to the area's most significant structures.

The ruins are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you want to take a boat tour of the lagoon (which includes floating among the mangroves), prepare to pay about 600 pesos (or around $31) for the experience. The easiest way to reach the ruins is via taxi. Unlike the Tulum Ruins, there are very few facilities here for tourists, so plan to wear sunscreen and appropriate walking shoes, and bring bug spray and plenty of water.

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