5 ruins that you cannot miss in the Riviera Maya

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In Mexico we can find many places with incredible ruins and in fact there are so many that to date new ones are still being discovered and we will continue to find more for decades.
The great advantage of the Riviera Maya is being able to visit many in one trip, but let's be honest: there is so much to do that you will not be able to see them all, so My Guide Mexico has prepared this list with which you have to know:

Chichén Itzá, México
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1. Chichén Itzá

We started here because it is undoubtedly the most recognized and visited. And justifiably: the pyramid is majestic. If you are lucky enough to go on the equinox, just in the afternoon, you will be able to see the god Kukulkan, the feathered serpent, descending the stairs of this castle. Yes: it is a visual effect, but since the Mayans built it until today, it is still seen clearly. There are also other temples, sacbes and ball games.

Tulum, Mexico
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2. Tulum

Tulum is not only one of the emblematic cities of the Riviera Maya, it is also a popular archaeological site. Tulum means wall and it bears that name because it is located right on the coast of the sea, so it was very important to keep it protected from pirates. The main building in this area is called El Castillo and it has an impressive view of the sea and is believed to be the oldest building in the city. There are elements that refer to the Sun and Venus and in the lower part there is a cave, this being a vertical representation of the universe, where the cave represents the underworld.

Cobá, México
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3. Cobá

Cobá  is not as popular as the previous ones, but we think it should be! This city at some point was not only the most important in the Mayan territory, but also the largest. The Nohoch Mul  pyramid (which is just one of the many temples you will find there) is almost twice the height of the Kukulcán, being the highest in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is also surrounded by a fabulous jungle that you cannot miss.

Muyil, Mexico
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4. Muyil

Also known as Chunyaxché, this Mayan site is located in the Sian Ka'an biosphere, so you cannot miss out on this fabulous excursion. In this archaeological site you will be able to see a different architecture, because we know that this town emigrated from the Guatemalan Petén to the north, so you will easily notice the similarity with the ruins of Tikal. If you take a tour to Sian Ka'an  in the morning, part of that tour will be through Muyil  and around 5 in the afternoon you will be back at the hotel.

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5. Ek Balam

Due to the size of this site as well as the quality of the constructions, it is believed that Ek Balam was a place of high economic wealth. It reached 12 square kilometers, with 1 km² in the center, walled, this being a sacred space where exclusively the elite lived. After crossing the Mayan arch at the entrance, you will be able to see the ceremonial center, the oval palace and a ball game. The Acropolis has a frieze in excellent condition, where you can see some incredible serpent fangs, above the king and winged warriors on the sides. Another spectacular place that you cannot miss.

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