The best archeological sites of the Mayan Culture

Many people travel to the Riviera Maya because of the sun, sand, and sea that are unique like nowhere else; however, as a traveler, you should know that in this place we can find a lot of history and culture like nowhere else.

Tulum ruins

It was not long ago that the Mayans were the center of attention when everyone thought that the end of the world would be in 2012, this according to the calendar that had made these individuals only reached this year.

Just like this myth, there are many others about this culture that you had no idea existed, encourage you to discover the history that these ancient cities have to tell.


According to most historians, this city was present since 500 BC.

Located within the beautiful state of Yucatan, this city is cataloged as one of the most beautiful.

The meaning of the name of this city, place where there is writing on the stones, indicates that this city had to be of utmost importance because it is where they learned to carve in different stones murals and messages that would serve in the future to understand more about this culture.

Dzibilchaltún ruins

Their greatest attraction is the temple of the 7 dolls, an impressive pyramid in which they found an offering with 7 clay dolls of a human figure.

Another interesting fact that this place has is that it contains roads that lead from the center of the city to different points of the same one, among them there is one that takes you to the cenote Xlakáh, one of the largest and deepest of Yucatan.

Ek Balam

This is undoubtedly one of the most important cities of the Mayan Culture due to its great quality and architectural diversity, this is because many historians tell that in this city lived only the upper class, so many of the buildings have more detailed features, unlike other Mayan cities.

Ek-Balam Ruins

This same is located in the state of Yucatan, in this, we can find an observatory, a ball game, among other buildings, if you are one of the people who like to ride a bicycle this place you will love because you can walk around the city in it!


Visiting this archeological zone is obligatory if you have planned a trip to the Riviera Maya, since not only can we reach Tulum if we decide to take a tour of this area, but you can also climb its main pyramid to make some incredible photographs of the jungle around it.

Cobá Ruins

You can also walk around this jungle to find more buildings that are hidden waiting to be discovered!


These ruins are located within the Xcaret eco-park, one of the strongest attractions the Riviera Maya has to offer.

In the park, you can enjoy many activities related to ecotourism and have the opportunity to appreciate the most important ball game in the Riviera Maya.

Xcaret_Mayan_RuinsThe ball game was one of the sacred activities within the Mayan culture, you can access this archeological zone either by paying your entrance fee to the park or just pay to enter exclusively to the ruins.


Tulum is one of the most visited places by tourists due to the great Caribbean climate that you can find, due to being stuck to one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of the country.

However, this city is not only home to one of the most beautiful beaches, but also a great reference for the Mayan culture. You also have the opportunity to see exotic animals such as monkeys and giant iguanas.

hiring a private tour for the archaeological zone of Tulum is the best idea to learn more about what the guide will tell you as well as can advise you on which sites are the fullest of history.

Chichen Itzá

The epicenter of all the Mayan culture in a single city, located only a few hours from Cancun you can find the most important Mayan city.

Considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1988, this city keeps the most important buildings, as well as the largest and most important pyramid of all the archaeological sites in the Riviera Maya.

chichen itza ruins

At present it is one of the key tourist destinations in the country, reaching more than a million people who visit each year this archaeological zone.

The most prominent building of the metropolis is the Pyramid of Kukulcan, which in the equinox can be observed throughout the day as a shadow in the form of a snake that descends from the pyramid, this snake is generated with the shadow caused by sunlight.

chichen itza pyramid

But don’t worry, you don’t have to wait for every equinox to be able to appreciate this phenomenon since it is recreated with a light show that takes place in this place at night and which without a doubt will leave you astonished.

As in the previous case, the recommendation is to hire a private tour to have a better experience and enjoy the great history that hides this site.

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As we commented previously in the article, the best thing you can do is hire a private tour to any of these cities, so the guide can explain more about the history of each of the buildings, as well as give you curious information about the places you will visit.

Because you will have to walk a long time and the weather in the Riviera Maya most of the year is hot, we recommend that you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, cap or hat and stay hydrated to avoid having a bad time.

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Remember that it is always a good season to travel to Cancun or any other destination of the Riviera Maya, keep in mind that many of these sites do not have a high cost economically speaking, so it will be an experience that will be worth it!

And without a doubt the most important thing, the desire to know more about the Mayan culture and everything it represents, we hope this article will help you want to venture to come to the Riviera Maya not only for its beaches and parties but to learn more about the history of how it all began.

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