Muyil

Carretera Federal 307
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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.
39 pesos (about $2 U.S.); free (ages 0-11). There is an additional 40-peso fee to access the boardwalk down to the lagoon, and a 50-peso fee to enter the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Rates for the 1-hour boat cruise are negotiable and average about $25 (U.S.). Cash only.
Hours: Daily 8-5.