AAA Editor Notes
Mayapán Ruins are about 64 km (40 mi.) s.e. of Mérida. To get there from downtown, take Calle 59 e. to the Anillo Periférico (the loop road around the city). Take the Anillo Periférico s. to the exit for Mex. 18. Continue s. on Mex. 18, a two-lane blacktop, past the villages of Kanasin, Acanceh, Tecoh and Telchaquillo; a short distance past Telchaquillo watch for the prominent sign (on the right) directing you to the ruins entrance. From Cancún or Chichén Itzá, take Mex. 180-D w. to the Ticopo exit and follow signs to Mex. 18; continue s. on Mex. 18 past Acanceh, Tecoh and Telchaquillo.
This walled city flourished after the heyday of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal; it was reduced to rubble in the 16th century by Spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo's forces. The site is impressively large, with eight buildings more than 30 feet tall and another two dozen smaller ruins and platforms. The structural similarities with Chichén Itzá are evident: high, sloping walls with steep steps built into the sides.
Most of the pyramidal structures can be climbed, although the very narrow steps make it difficult to do so. Because of the remote location and slow pace of ongoing restoration work there are few visitors, and if you go you'll have these crumbling temple platforms and weathered sculptures basically to yourself.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.