The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is dotted with a large number of Mayan archaeological sites that are within easy reach of Cancun. Club Caribe members staying at Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa will be able to book comfortable, guided tours through the onsite tour agency or arrive independently.
The ancient Mayan civilization populated what are now the southern states of Mexico as well as the countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and north San Salvador. When their mighty empire fell, they left a legacy of temples and pyramids alongside other traces of their ancient culture. Advancements in literature, mathematics, astronomy and stunning architecture stand as reminders of the great people that once populated the Yucatan Peninsula. When you stay in Cancun, you can experience the vestiges of this ancient culture firsthand.
Here are some of the top archaeological sites near Cancun for you to visit.
Chichen Itza remains perhaps the most famous and well-loved archaeological site in and around Cancun. Built in around 600 CE, during what is called the Late Classic Maya period, it was one of the largest Mayan cities, covering around 1.9 square miles, and remains one of the most complete. Visitors to Chichen Itza can see the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Ball Court and the Observatory among other famous sites. A whole day can be spent here, taking in the beauty of what once was.
(Approx. 2.5 hour drive)
The ancient trading city of Tulum was, and remains, unique and special because of its proximity to the ocean. In the late 13th century, during the Post-Classic period, Tulum was a wealthy seaport that traded in gemstones, spices and other such goods. Now, it hosts a collection of beautiful buildings, stunningly well-preserved, that will take your breath away. The Temple of the Frescoes is, in particular, a must see.
(Approx. 1.5 hour drive)
Found within Cancun itself, the 47 buildings of the El Rey ruins are named after a ceremonial mask and skull dedicated to the Sun God found by excavators. El Rey was built around 900 CE and has two main raised structures that inspire interest.
(Approx. 20 minutes from Villa del Palmar Cancun)
Coba is located in North-Eastern Quintana Roo and stands next to a modern village of the same name that has around 1278 inhabitants. This site was once the nexus of the largest stone causeway networks in the Mayan world, and contains many sculpted and engraved stelae which show aspects of Late Classic Period life and ceremonies.
(Approx. 2 hour drive)