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Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

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Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

We only have one morning to see a Mayan site (we have been to Tulum and Coba a couple of times). Since we are staying about 2 miles north of Akumal I was wondering if it was worth the extra hour to go all the way to Muyil or just spend time at the closer Xel-Ha site which is also has a unique painted temple (according to Map-chick). Your thoughts? Gracias

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1. Re: Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

perhaps Ek Balam

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2. Re: Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

Concur with VCSD. If you can make the time, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam (maybe Ik Kil cenote too) would be worth the time required.

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3. Re: Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

I've only been to Muyil of those two, you will need a rental car or hire a taxi and pay him to wait, as there are very few colectivos south of Tulum. Ek Balam is also a terrific ruin a bit north of Valladolid.

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4. Re: Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

Muyil was very interesting and easy to get to. We spent a morning there a few years ago when we were staying at the Palladium. We took a Collectivo as far south as we could go to the last stop in Tulum Pueblo. Then we took a taxi south (about 20 min.??) to Muyil. We were also able to take a boat trip across the lake and float down one of the ancient canals. We did that first, and then the taxi driver brought us to the ruins. It made for a great morning!

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5. Re: Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

Both Muyil and the Xel Ha ruin are rarely used , smaller sites and for us as much about a nice walk in the jungle as the ruins themselves . Both have a fair bit of shade so time of day is not critical with early morning having the best bird and animal siting possibilities . Both have a water feature in a good sized pond cenote at Xel Ha and the big lake shore at Muyil .

Since you ask a good question , I would say Muyil is twice as large and twice as nice but twice the time committment and choosing might include any other destinations for that day . We haven't done the float portion of the Muyil trip which bumps up the cost significantly but would be a highlight I'm sure .

A few more pictures by clicking the dots in the photos from the links .

Xel Ha

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Muyil

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We've been to both a couple times because they each have some jungle exposure and wildlife sighting opportunities and warranted return trips to walkabout in nature with no crowds but with limited ruins to view .

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6. Re: Muyil or Xel-Ha Mayan ruins

Gracias Juanrojo for helpful advice. We do have a car but only a morning available from Akumal (wife wants to snorkel all the time). The other site suggested up north is on our bucket list next year when we do the great northern sites like Uxmal etc. When in college I was lucky enough to be in Merida for a wild Mardi Gras so that is a plan for 2015. For now a quiet morning walking thru Xel- Ha (not the waterpark) sounds inviting.

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