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Muyil

Reforma Agraria-Puerto Juárez km 25, Chunyaxche, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, 77710

The Basics

Set on the edge of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve on the Yucatan Peninsula, Muyil is a worthwhile detour with a number of significant ruins to explore, as well as an observation tower that offers views overlooking the neighboring lagoon. The ancient settlement is estimated to date back to as early as 300 BC. Remaining structures include the Sacbé, a 15-foot-wide (5-meter-wide) ancient road, and the Pink Palace, known for its well-preserved stuccos. Tours from Tulum and Cancun combine stops at Sian Ka'an and Muyil.

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Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
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Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
$134.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun guide and unique natural adventure.
Floating Down the canal was an amazing experience after walking and touring the ruins. Jocelyn was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history and area.
James_K, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Tulum

star-5
Off the beaten path and well worth it
Anonymous, Sep 2021
Private tour to arqueological zone Muyil and Sian Kaan Biosfhere
Great guide and driver, the tour of Muyil is interesting and just the right length of time before hopping in boat with a well-seasoned boat captain who navigates the Sian Ka'an area like he's done it a million times. Beautiful water and Flora and fauna. Don't miss this trip. Everyone was great and accommodating.
star-5
Sublime Sian Ka’an
Daria_B, Oct 2021
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
Luigi was a wonderful tour guide and full of knowledge on the amazing beauty and importance of this site. One of the best afternoons spent in this beautiful country, would 100% recommend to everyone looking to enjoy sublime waters and nature of Sian Ka’an.
star-5
Fantastic day!
Pippa_L, Oct 2021
Private Sian Kaan Muyil Lazy River Tour
Salvador was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating - we couldn’t have asked for a better guide
star-5
Wonderful float down the canal
Erin_M, Oct 2021
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
We were picked up at our hotel by our guide Luigi and our driver. Luigi was super friendly and knowledgeable. Our group had a great time on this tour. Highly recommend it, it has a good combination of walking through the nature reserve, a Mayan ruin and also the highlight was floating down the canal. Everyone really loved this tour! Just remember to bring bug spray and sun tan lotion.
star-5
Perfect tour day
Rachel_H, Sep 2021
Private Sian Kaan Muyil Lazy River Tour
We had such an amazing time on this tour! Salvador was very sweet and informative on the ruins and the ecosystem and he even brought us homemade empanadas! The photos he took during the tour came out amazing too! Highly recommend!
star-5
Great guided tour
Mario_C, Sep 2021
Private Birdwatching Tour in Sian Ka'an Muyil
My guide Miguel Amar Uribe, he was very knowledgable not just about the wildlife but also the area as well as the Mayan history. Miguel is very personable, easy to speak with and has a great deal of knowledge. Anyone that is lucky enough to use him as a guide will not regret it. Gracias Miguel, hasta la próxima
star-4
Jam packed day!
Jennifer_Z, Aug 2021
Tulum . Coba or Muyil Ruins & Cenote
We visited some amazing sites and had a great time, however I warn you, this is not an 8-10 hour tour it’s 14 hours. We were not totally prepared for that but, it really was a lot of fun! Especially swimming in the cenote caves!! And the Tulum ruins
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Sian Kaan Lagoons Through Muyil Ruins & Cenote Escondido
Anthony_C, Jul 2021
Sian Kaan Lagoons Through Muyil Ruins & Cenote Escondido
Jose was amazing and very knowledgeable! The lazy River was very relaxing. Sad we didn’t see any marine animals but still a great tour. Overall a little expensive given what we did.
star-5
Absolutely fantastic!
ilahrae_w, Jun 2021
Private Tour to Muyil Ruins, Tulum and Coba from Cancun
Fantastic tour!! There is nothing better than having your own personal tour guide who is extremely knowledgeable with the culture and history. You can take your time and go at your own pace. Great ruin combination!! Thank you for a truly memorable experience!!
star-5
Valeria is super guide!...
Svetlana_K, Oct 2021
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
Valeria is super guide! The tour is awesome, and her personality and knowledge plays a huge role. The place is very peaceful, not crowded and you exit very relaxed and inspired
star-5
GREAT EXPERIENCE
Dana_W, Dec 2020
Tulum . Coba or Muyil Ruins & Cenote
Our tour guides Roberto, Poncho and Benjamin were amazing! They were very well informed super nice and we got to experience some real authentic Mexican culture. Will consider doing again! Thanks guys!
star-5
Hidden gem of the tours
Paul_N, Oct 2021
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
This is a hidden gem. Away from the crowds (small group) walking in the jungle canopy amongst the ruins and end off with a gentle float down crystal clear canals. This was a highlight of a trip to Mexico and I can’t recommend this enough. Great guide (Cesar), great food and snacks and a wonderful experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A raised boardwalk trail (accessible for a small fee) leads to Sian Ka'an and to the observation tower that overlooks the lagoon.

  • Bathrooms are available at the entrance to the site.

  • It’s a steep ascent up the observation tower.

  • Be sure to bring insect repellent, especially during rainy season.

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How to Get There

Muyil is located by the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, around 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Tulum. If you’re driving, take Highway 307; a sign marks the entrance. You can also grab a bus (or colectivo) from Tulum to Felipe Carrillo, a town located on the edge of the reserve. Wait time for a bus is typically 15 minutes.

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When to Get There

The best time to experience the Muyil ruins is during the region’s dry season (from December to April), when there are fewer mosquitos and less humidity. But this is also when you’ll run into the biggest crowds; January to March is the busiest time for tourism. If you’re traveling on your own, try to arrive early in the morning to avoid the bus tours.

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The Chacchoben Ruins

Located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Tulum and a 1.5-hour drive from Muyil, the Chacchoben ruins are the largest and most visited Maya archaeological site in Costa Maya. The mostly unexcavated site is a popular day-trip option from Cancun and surrounding cities, as well as for cruise ship passengers from the Costa Maya port.

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