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Mayan Ruins Tours from Merida

Mayan Ruins Tours from Merida

Merida is an excellent base from which to explore the Yucatan Peninsula’s ancient Maya ruins. Experience the temples and pyramids of these architectural marvels, including UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza. See below for how to see the ruins from Merida.

Dzibilchaltun — 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Merida

A small town and the closest Maya ruin to Merida, Dzibilchaltun is noted for its pleasant surroundings and deep cenote—a big swimming draw on a hot day. The on-site Museo del Pueblo has some well designed exhibits tracing the Maya people’s history from ancient times to the present. Another highlight is the Temple of the Seven Dolls, named after the effigies inside. It’s designed so the rising sun shines through it twice a year on the summer and winter solstices, showing the Mayas’ astronomical and mathematical prowess. Visiting the ruins on a private tour can give you deeper insight into the area’s history.

Kabah — 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Merida

Kabah is the second-largest site in the Puuc region (after Uxmal), with its most notable building being the Palace of the Masks, aptly named after the hundreds of stone masks that pay homage to the rain god Chaac. Because the two ruin sites are connected by an 11-mile (18-kilometer) pedestrian causeway, a tour of Kabah is often combined with one of Uxmal, allowing visitors to see two of the most important ancient Maya cities on the Yucatan Peninsula in one day.

Uxmal — 52 miles (84 kilometers) from Merida

These impressive ruins are as noteworthy as Chichen Itza but are not flooded with crowds visiting from Cancun. Located on one of the best-restored archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, the ancient city’s architecture is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with sculptural elements and details. Uxmal was the main city and religious center during the Maya late classical period, and today two of its main pyramids remain. For an unusual experience, take an after-dark tour of the UNESCO-listed site with a dazzling light and sound show.

Chichen Itza — 75 miles (121 kilometers) from Merida

The most-visited Maya ruin on the Yucatan Peninsula is Chichen Itza, an architectural site of stone buildings and sacbeob (paved causeways) anchored by a flat-topped pyramid with stairs on all four sides. On the equinox, shadows cast through the pyramid create a serpent pattern on one side. Other notable structures include a ball court, an observatory, and several temples in various states of reconstruction. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is usually packed with visitors arriving on tour buses from Cancun. From Merida, the trip is shorter—and you can avoid the peak crowds by taking a morning or late afternoon tour.

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Chichen Itza Small Group, Buffet Lunch & Cenote from Merida

Chichen Itza Small Group, Buffet Lunch & Cenote from Merida

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Immerse yourself the mysterious allure of ancient wonder Chichen Itza on a full-day excursion from Merida. Skip crowded lines as you enter the atmospheric ruins through a private entrance, completely avoiding hassle or stress. Listen to your guide’s captivating commentary as you journey through the significant archeological site, discovering sacrificial cenotes, sacred temples, and the ancient ball court. Delve into the darkened depths of the Kukulcan Pyramid to catch a rare glimpse of the Chac Mool sculpture before enjoying a fulfilling lunch and dance performance at the Mayaland Resort.
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  • 8 hours
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Uxmal Light and Sound Show from Merida

Uxmal Light and Sound Show from Merida

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Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Mayans during a full-day tour of Uxmal from Merida. Discover the significant archeological site in both illuminating daylight and atmospheric darkness as you witness a spectacular light and sound show. Gain insight into ancient Mayan civilizations as you follow your knowledgeable guide to the majestic Pyramid of the Magician and Governor’s Palace. Then, as darkness blankets the site, prepare yourself for one of the world’s most acclaimed and astounding light and sound shows. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 8 hours
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