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Muyil

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
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
$134.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Sian Kaan and Mangrove
Alberto, our guide, was amazing. He had so much information to share. He narrated historical events and archeological facts from a unique perspective. He made the tour very exciting and informative. He used audiovisual aids (IPAD) and audio to show us references and further explain the findings. The group was the perfect size so we were very entertained but not overcrowded. We saw animals as well. The nature, the lagoons and the mangrove experience were all awe inspiring. Overall, I would recommend this tour especially with Alberto.
Doha_I, Dec 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
A once-in-a-lifetime experience
Saad_S, Jan 2022
Private tour of Sian Ka'An and Muyil Archaeological Site
An excellent tour led by a knowledgeable, friendly guide. The boat ride in the Lagoons within Sian Ka’An biosphere reserve and the experience of floating within an ancient Mayan canal were especially wonderful and memorable. Highly recommended.
star-5
Do not miss this tour
Lauren_V, Dec 2021
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
Great tour. Guide Luigi was excellent. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Canal float was a vacation highlight. Five stars!
star-5
This tour is fabulous!
Laura_G, Dec 2021
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
Floating in the mangroves in the fresh water was so relaxing! Awesome tour guide, Salvador, was so passionate in sharing the history behind the ruins and history.
star-5
Great way to explore biosphere
Shazim_M, Dec 2021
Private Sian Kaan Muyil Lazy River Tour
Awesome trip! Private tour and very informative. Would definitely go again next time we are in town!
star-5
Fantastic tour! Our guide...
Amy_M, Dec 2021
Tulum Sian Ka'an Muyil Ruins, Boat Eco Tour & Float Down Mayan Canals - Lunch
Fantastic tour! Our guide Paco took excellent care of us. The float through the lagoon, the walk through the jungle and viewing the ruins was an amazing experience. Thank you for a great day.
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
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-5
Amazing way to see some of Tulum’s preserved nature
Brady_N, Dec 2021
Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
Found a monkey in the trees, saw the temple, climbed a watch tower in the jungle, and floated down a lazy River wearing a life jacket as a diaper. It was incredible and Lea was a fun instructor!
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
star-4
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!!

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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