AAA Editor Notes
Muyil is about 22 km (13 mi.) s. of Tulum on the east side of Mex. 307. This small archeological site—also known as Chunyaxché (choon-yahsh-CHEH)—is on the banks of Muyil Lagoon, within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. There also is a pueblo called Muyil on the west side of Mex. 307.
The main structure is the Castle (El Castillo), a well-restored pyramid about 60 feet tall. Lesser structures in varying degrees of repair surround it. You can also climb a watchtower for views looking out over the surrounding scrub jungle. A boardwalk leads to the lagoon, technically a bay since it opens to the sea.
Note: This is an unspoiled environment, and you will encounter various insects, including large horseflies, and the occasional poisonous snake. About 300 feet south on Mex. 307 is a turn-off; head left (east) on this narrow road to a large two-story building on the waterfront constructed entirely from bamboo sticks. Locals gather here on weekends and holidays and will take visitors on a bay cruise.
Note: Parking and restrooms are on site. There are no other facilities; bring your own water and food. You can hire a taxi driver in Tulum who will take you to the ruins, wait while you have a look around and then take you back to town. Rates are negotiable, but expect to pay at least 300 pesos.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.