« Mexico Trip 2012 - Casa del Corazon | Main | Mexico Trip 2012 - Anna y Jose »

Mexico Trip 2012 - Muyil/Chunyaxché Ruins


The first Maya ruins site we visited was one off the beaten path about 30 minutes south of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, located within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. We had the place to ourselves as we strolled along the sacbe to the castillo y templo.


The steps of the castle were roped off from people climbing them, but we could otherwise get up close to the structures. This ended up being one of my favorite ruins sites to visit because of the quiet peacefulness, just us and the forest around us. Other than the park employee at the entrance taking the state fee (about $3.25 per person), there were no venders selling trinkets.

Muyil Muyil Muyil Muyil termite tree

Everywhere we went around many of the ruins sites, we came across termite nests on the ground or in trees with tubes running along the branches. Other than our hike along the designated paths, we did not hike into the jungle much but I did spot one fungi growing on a stump.

yucatan mushroom Muyil

It's thought the Maya began building the site around 300 BC and populated it until the early 1500s, around the time of the Spanish conquest of the Yucatan. The ancient Maya had dredged a narrow canal system from the surrounding lagoons for about 12 kilometers to gain access to the Caribbean.

A couple of the structures, such as the temple, were unprotected and open to climb on and explore.

Muyil hibiscus

arianna (27), castle (3), degree (16), flowers (37), maya (2), mexico (12), mushrooms (7), rick (15), ruins (5), temple (3), travel (8), yucatan (7)

Degree (56), Mexico (11)

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

If you can read this text, your browser does not support web standards or you have CSS turned off. This site is made to be viewed in a browser that complies with web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. If you think you are seeing this in error, re-loading the page might help.

Creative Commons License Arianna Helen | | designed by ulaluma | hosted green green leaf