Exploring Mexico, and more precisely Yucatán and Quintana Roo, normally means beating a very crowded path filled with utterly touristic places and therefore hordes of tourists. And this goes for archeological sites as as well beaches.
So, dear Reader, if you do come to Mexico looking for Mayan ruins I hope you unveil some of the hidden gems that still keep a secretive identity: Muyil.
It is not down on any map, best places never are.
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In the Sian Ka’an biosphere, which is Mayan for “Door to the Sky”, there is a vast jungle of about 265 hectares. Probably one of the neatest and most notable among the pre-Hispanic ruins sites.
Muyil was a densely populated settlement during the pre-Hispanic era and its buildings were mainly for a civic-religious and residential purpose. Settled around 300 B.C., centuries before Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tulum, it remained as a settlement up until the time of the Spanish invasion in the 16th Century where people either fled from the Spanish out of fear or were killed from diseases spread by the Spanish.
What I Loved About Muyil Ruins
The site is very small, you can circle it in less than 1 hour. Not many buildings are on sight but those that are there are simply stunning. Muyil needs to be experienced, not read about, to truly appreciate this site.
Fast Facts About Muyil Ruins
- Muyil was one of the earliest settlements on the Caribbean Coast.
- Only some of buildings have been excavated and much still remains covered.
- The Castillo (pyramid) is 57 feet high, the highest pyramid on the Riviera Maya Coast.
- Ceiba trees are located throughout the site. Alux (Mayan for “spirits”) are thought to watch the trails, protecting those in the area. Known as the “tree of life,” Ceiba trees were believed to be the connection to the underworld for the Maya.