Mayapán goes unnoticed by many travelers. Mayan world lovers know that here they have one of the stops obligatory of his way.

Who visits Mayapán has the feeling of being in a small scale model of Chichen Itza, by the resemblance of its main structure with the famous Temple of Kukulcán. In Mayapán the temple or castle of Kukulcán is also said the same, and also has a cenote and an Observatory.

Something very good about the place is that it receives few visits if we compare it with other archaeological sites in Yucatán such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal or Dzibilchaltún. For us it is one of the essentials.

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mayapan archeological zone
Observatory and temple of Kukulcán, Mayapan

Visit Mayapán

In Mayapán you will discover before you a fun and very curious city to visit for several reasons. To put it somehow, it is very comfortable to visit, very affordable in size, you can climb to its buildings and enjoy incredible views of Yucatan.

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It has a cenote where it is easy to see some of the beautiful bird watch, inhabitant near fresh water, you can discover fresh (all reproductions) really unique, such as the Temple of the Fisherman of a Mayan diving.

Mayapan Observatory
Mayapan ruins
Kukulcán Temple, Mayapan
mayapan archeological zone
mayapan ruins
Diver-fisherman of Mayapán
Going up to the temple of Kukulcán

Equinoxes in Mayapán

CLike many Mayan cities it was built taking into account the importance of cosmogony, arranging buildings harmoniously with the paths of the stars. This makes possible phenomena such as the descent of the Kukulcan snake in Chichen Itza in the equinoxes.

In Mayapán, this type of light phenomenon can also be observed, but in the solstice (21 of June and 21 of December). And you can do it much more calmly, it's an excellent place to experience it.

Mayapán archaeological zone, Yucatan

Historical importance of Mayapán

He was part of the Liga de Mayapán. It is considered the last great capital of the city-states of the Yucatan Peninsula.

What we see of the ancient Mayan city is only a small part of the great city that it became. It was inhabited by 12.000 Maya cocomes, with around 4000 structures.

There are temples, palaces or pyramids to rebuild on some path that can be seen in the undergrowth, which will make you dream of feeling a little discover a Mayan city.

Mayapán archaeological site, Yucatán
Mayapán archaeological zone, Yucatan
Mayapán archaeological zone, Yucatan
Mayapán archaeological zone, Yucatan

I assure you that if you have a minimum of curiosity it will be of the archaeological zones that you will remember. Big city of beautiful details, few people visit it and you will have excellent views.

As I know that it is sometimes difficult to go for free if it is not in your own car, you may be interested in taking a tour from Mérida, it is undoubtedly one of the best excursions to do from Mérida.

Discover Mayapán, a silent treasure in Yucatan 1

Mayapan, archaeological site

LOCATION: located 43 kilometers southeast of Mérida, by the Mérida-Chetumal road.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: Open from 8 to 17 daily hours. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY: 57 mxn. On Sundays the entrance of the INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological sites is free every day for children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials. Erik is one of the guides who has been working in Mayapán for years, the area is well known, I recommend it to you.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From the Northeastern terminal of Mérida, there is transportation from the 6: 30 every hour to the 9: 30, 11, 13, 14 hrs (1h 20 min). Tell the driver to drop you at the entrance to the archaeological zone, only 50 meters.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, closed and comfortable shoes to climb structures and protect yourself from insect bites, 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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