The ruins of the ancient Mayan people have lured adventurous souls for decades, and a visit to one or more of these beautiful sights is a must during your stay.
Just a few minutes bike ride from El Pez, the Tulum site holds the honor of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region.
Coba site is a 40 minute drive inland from Tulum and well worth the visit. Unlike most archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, Coba is in the middle of dense jungle giving a different experience. Here you can still climb the main pyramid, Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. We recommend to hire a bike once inside the site to zoom around the jungle paths discovering the pyramids, the ball court and the observatory.
Located 25 km south of Tulum, the Muyil archaeological ruins are located on the inland side of the Sian Kaan biosphere. This visit can be combined in a tour where you can float down an ancient mayan canal once used by trading boats visiting the city.
The most famous of the sites as it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Count on a long journey (2.5-3 hours each way) but well worth it for this incredible site. Chichen Itza shows evidence of a dazzling ancient city that was once one of the main centers of the Mayan empire. Visit during the equinox and you can see the snake shadow moving down the stone stairs of the huge main pyramid.
This lesser known site around 1.5-2 hours drive from Tulum is one of our favorites. You will want to check out the wall paintings in the Acropolis building. Only the center of this site has been excavated so far, so new discoveries are still being made!