The archaeological zone of Kulubá is located between Tizimín and Colonia Yucatán, an area where ranches are a main part of the landscapes and the local economy. Kulubá is a jewel from the northeastern Yucatan.

The archaeological zone of Kulubá It officially opened this year 2018 to visitors, after years of archaeological studies where they have been conditioning the enclosure.

The hidden ruins are reached by a hard sand road, which in the rainy season gets muddy and can make driving difficult. This path takes you to the cattle ranches of Culubá and Emmanuel, the land where the ruins are located.

Kuluba Yucatan archaeological zone


The signage is sparse, so let me explain. On the road that connects Tizimín with Colonia Yucatán there is a detour indicating the ruins. Take this road until you pass the town of San Pedro, and a few kilometers later you will find another sign with the entrance to Kulubá.

From this detour on the highway There are two kilometers to the entrance to the archaeological zone of Kulubá. Drive past an old house in ruins, later you will see one of the main structures on the right. There, your adrenaline rises, and between you smile, breathe and think about stopping, you immediately see a wooden sign with almost invisible letters that indicate that you have arrived at the ruins of Kulubá.

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Kuluba ruins
Kuluba Yucatan archaeological zone
Kuluba Yucatan archaeological zone
When you get to this house, you are close to Kulubá
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Poster that is barely read indicating the entry
Museum of site in Kulubá

What price does the entrance to Kulubá have?

The ranger's watchman receives you and asks you to register (he has the official record for INAH) and you can visit the area. The registration is done in a place that serves to receive the visitor and keep some of the few pieces that have not been brought to Mérida.

Admission is free, except if you want to tip the watchman who receives you. The safest thing is that you are alone in the place, and you can tour the enclosure with complete tranquility. That is why I reaffirm that Kulubá maintains that adventurous charm that the most visited Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam, neighboring the area, have undoubtedly lost.

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Kulubá table

How to visit the ruins of Kulubá?

The entrance to Kulubá brings you a small smile when you border a ranch wooden door, you enter a cow field literally recycled in an archeological area for the public.

As a curiosity, the cow is an animal that did not inhabit these lands in ancient Mayan times, it was introduced in colonial times.

Kulubá retains the charm of the adventure of a beautiful and surprising place

Kuluba ruins

After the door a road leads you to the known as the Temple of the Masks, one of the three main structures of Kulubá. In front of this beautiful building, the frieze that adorned the main facade, a jewel of Mayan art, is protected by a shadow.

There are several bedrooms where you can enter the temple and see the interior shape of the place. Sometimes birds, bats and wasps occupy these spaces, so when you look at the ceiling, try to do it with your mouth closed 😉

Kuluba Yucatan archaeological zone
Kuluba ruins
Kuluba Yucatan archaeological zone

Just a few meters away, another of the main buildings that form the enclosure, the Palacio de los Chenes. This is another little gem, you can see many architectural details in Kulubá. The three main buildings are restored, and many architectural and ornamentation details of different architectural styles are seen.

Here at the Mexican Archeology Magazine you can read about the research and conclusions of the latest studies of Kulubá (the printed version is much more complete). His conclusions say that Kulubá had interaction with Ek Balam in the Late Classic (from 600 AD to 900 AD), with whom he shares the architectural styles of Puuc, Chenes and Río Bec.

Beginning in the ninth century, Kulubá is governed by the influence of the emerging Chichen Itza, with whom he shares style in ceramic, obsidian and mural samples. Fascinating the clues that build and rebuild the history we did not see, our human footprints.

Kuluba ruins

Once you explore the buildings and surroundings of this first group, you can return to the entrance where is the other building known as Palace of the U, for its ornamentation. This building is caught between nature, something that gives the place a romantic touch.

I love this corner, enjoying the place alone with the birds and the sounds of the jungle is wonderful. That is already one of those moments on the map of my memory that brings me to my best smiles.

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Kuluba archaeological zone

I left my visit happy, so I prescribe it as good medicine. When leaving a little talk with the ranch night, you always learn by talking.

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Kulubá, archaeological site

LOCATION: Kulubá is at 37 kilometers from Tizimín. On the road between Tizimin and Colonia Yucatán there is a detour indicated. Take this road until you pass the town of San Pedro, and a few more kilometers, you find another indication with the entrance to Kulubá.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: Open from 8 to 17 daily hours. There are no services or selling drinks or food.
PRICE ENTRY: the entrance has no cost, unless you want to give a tip to the table.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? You have it half complicated to arrive by public transport, in addition to the 2 kilometers that you must do walking to the archaeological zone from the highway. The most viable option would be to take a taxi from Tizimín, and wait for you at the exit. A matter of agreeing price with the taxi driver, at most 350 pesos (according to prices that I know of here).
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes much better, like long pants, and some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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