Five Mayan Ruins You May Not Know About

Forget Chichen Itza (not really, do visit it!) and check out these five ruins located in the Yucatán Península that you will rarely find in most guidebooks. These ruins remain almost untouched and are rarely visited by foreign tourists. Chances to find yourself alone here are high and hence, these places are a haven for travelers who prefer getting off the beaten track and into undiscovered locations.


Famous for its impressive pyramid and its central stairway decorated by stone-carved masks, this huge archaeological site uncovers pyramids, citadels, plazas and many other structures, of which many still remain located under vegetation and have not been excavated yet.


Still full of mysteries, Oxtankah is believed to have been the first site where mestization took place.


“The Place of Red Corn” was discovered not long ago and opened to public a bit over ten years ago. Surrounded by a jungle, you will often stumble upon wild animals while exploring the ruins.


Hypothesized to have been the capital of the Kan dynasty during the 5th and 6th centuries, Dzibanché features a Petén style and is full of impressive structures and tombs that will not disappoint.


Located in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Muyil was the most important out of the 23 other sited found inside the reserve. Artifacts found here date back to 350 BC, making it one of the earliest inhabited cities in the southern coast of Quintana Roo. A bonus is the Muyil lagoon, located at the corner of the site.


Written by: Daniela R.
Updated: September 17, 2015
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