Sayil is one of the most important ancient Mayan cities known as Ruta Puuc, which brings together different cities of Puuc architectural style. Beautiful and lonely is Sayil, a candy.

The Puuc Route is a cool one, I like this area very much because of the archeological zones, the caves that are there, the villages and the friendliness of its people. Spending a few days is this area is a good option for those who like to settle in peace.

In this area you will live an authentic Yucatan.


The Puuc Route

The so-called Puuc Route is basically made up of the archaeological zones of Xlapak, Sayil, Labná, Kabah and Uxmal, the jewel of the puuc. These ancient Mayan cities share a common and own architecture, the puuc style, for many it is the most exquisite, elaborate and careful among the different Mayan architectural styles.

Sayil It was once one of the most important in the area, it is worth stopping to know it. This area is very interesting, if you feel like going through it I advise you to read how to do it in this post the route Puuc.

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sayil archeological zone

How to go to Sayil:

Once past the town of Santa Elena and Kabah, we find the Puuc Route road where Sayil, Xlapak and Labná are located, the furthest away. Sayil is the first stop on your way. On this road you also find the Loltún caves.

Although it is close to Merida, it is a somewhat remote area in a sense, due to the low number of visitors. I tell you how to go:

  • tour with agency: From Mérida the agencies offer tours to see the Puuc route. The two puuc cities most in demand are Uxmal, which package it with Kabah.
  • renting car: from Mérida take the 261 road towards Muna-Uxmal-Santa Elena, well indicated. Many travelers dare to drive through the tranquil Yucatan Peninsula.
  • collective transport: buses leave from Mérida from the bus station on 69 street between 68 and 70, a group that runs along the Puuc Route. It leaves at 8am and returns at 16pm on Sundays. If you stay in Santa Elena you can also get there by bus.

If you decide to do it for free, I recommend you stay a few days in this area. I really like the option of sleeping in Santa Elena. 

Puuc route
Temple of Santa Elena

Short brushstrokes on Sayil:

Sayil (place of the arrieras ants), is together with Uxmal and Kabah, of the great cities of puuc. Puuc it is a Mayan word that means hillturkey o loma, which indicates the slightly more than 300 meters of elevation in this area. This means that there are no cenotes here due to this elevation.

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Cenotes are the main freshwater supply system in much of the Yucatan Peninsula.

In this puuc zone, to solve this natural lack, they were built chultunes, wells built to collect rainwater. Each house had its chultún. Sayil, where it is estimated that 17.000 people lived, had hundreds.

Sayil reached its apogee in the classic terminal period, close to the 900 year.

 How to travel Sayil?

Sayil's entrance takes you directly to its most emblematic building, known as the North Palace. A beautiful building of 3 plants that dazzles, of the most beautiful I've seen.

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North Palace

From here comes a white road (sacbé) of a kilometer of travel to the other most relevant building, the Mirador temple. Surely it is what I like most about Sayil, this walk between trees and stones, little shadows while the Yucatecan leaden sun.

Addition Temple of the Mirador, can you see her wake 9 where Yum Keep, god of fertility, is clearly seen Hieroglyphic Jamba Temple (here there are Mayan glyphs) and the South Palace. The road is a line from north to south.

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The Mirador temple
Estela 9

Sayil It is an archaeological zone, I hope it is also for you.

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Sayil, Puuc Route

LOCATION: located between Kabah and Xlapak, on the road of the Puuc Route. A 35 kilometers southeast of Uxmal, 112 km south of Mérida. From Mérida take the 261 road towards Muna-Uxmal-Santa Elena, well indicated.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY: 50 mxn. The Sundays the entrance of INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological zones is free every day to children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Mérida, the ADO station on Calle 69 between 68 and 70, a bus departs that runs along the Puuc Route. Leaves at 8 and returns at 16 on Sundays.
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.

Good way,

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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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