10 incredible Mayan World Archaeological sites that you didn’t know about!

Let’s know all the archaeological sites you can visit in Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Do you know the history of this gorgeous paradise?  

Riviera Maya and Cancun are so famous for their attractive beaches and blue waters and they also have archaeological sites.

We encourage you to visit each of these, they are a lot more than meets the eye. 

El Rey 

Located in the Hotel Zone, it is one of the most important and largest archeological sites in Cancun.

Its large area draws a road that runs from north to south, surrounded by platforms with rooms, and it is believed that its alignment was administrative and governing areas. 

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In addition, it borders the pyramidal area of San Miguelito, together they formed a town dedicated to maritime commerce and fishing activities. 

Don’t forget to visit El Rey!   

San Miguelito 

San Miguelito was a settlement dedicated to the salt, honey, copal, and also cotton production.

You can access this area through the Maya Museum of Cancun

This enclosure has various structures in its four sections: North, Chaak Palace, Dragons, and South.   

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Because of its size and importance, the Chaak Palace is the main attraction of this place.

Also, The South section has relevance because in it remains the rests of a temple of Eastern Coast style that is conserved. 

Yamil Lu’um 

It is a small site that you can find while walking along the beaches of the Hotel Zone in Cancun.  

This place was very significant because its two columns that are part of it, functioned as beacons and watchtowers more than 500 years ago. 

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El meco 

This site is located in the north of Cancun, near Puerto Juarez, it was a very relevant Maya navigational route.  

 You will be able to appreciate 14 different structures, but its main attractions are El Castillo, a five-level pyramid, and The Main Square with a shrine where they performed ceremonies and political gatherings. 

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Tulum was named Zamá by the Mayas, in other words: sunrise.

Now it is recognize as The Walled City, which is one of the most important and beautiful sites of the Riviera Maya.   

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Tulum is the only Maya city built on the coast and it worked like a fortress. It was one of the few cities inhabited when the Spaniards arrived.   


This marvelous structure stands surrounded by the beautiful crystalline Caribbean Sea waters. 

When you visit Tulum, you will enjoy many different activities, like: 

  1. Witness the Papantla Flyers
  2. Take lots of pictures of beautiful views.
  3. Swim in the blue waters of the Caribbean.
  4. Buy Mexican handcrafts

Remember to bring your swimsuit, your camera and cash to ready to live the full experience

Let the experts guide your journey, full of emotions, culture, and nature. 


Coba is a wondrous archaeological site located between lakes with 80 square kilometers, it is one of the most important city/states of the Maya Empire. 

Immersed in the immensity of the jungle, the city of Coba houses one of the most important stories of the ancient Maya civilization.


It is believed that there are 6,500 structures have not yet been fully discovered.  

In this place you will enjoy a bicycle, walking or tricycle tour guided by experts who will help you to discover the area. 


Get your camera ready, because on top of Nohoch Mul Castle you will enjoy a view that will take your breath away. 

Xaman Ha

In the municipality of Solidaridad, surrounded by green hues in the middle of the jungle, is Xaman Ha, one of the first Maya villages invaded by the Spaniards. Its name means “northern water“. 

Here you will find 19 groups of religious buildings with paintings on murals and a U-shaped wall that surrounds the rest of the structures. 

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This archeological site is famous because it was believed that from Xaman Ha, Mayas left in canoes to the sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel


This site is inside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve jungle and where it invites you to explore its canals and beautiful lagoons.  

The main structure is the Castle that represents the sacred tree of the Mayas, the ceiba tree. 

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It is one of the 20 most important archaeological sites you can visit in Cancun an Riviera Maya due to its size.


Inside the majestic Xcaret Park, this area known as Polé was the departure port where the Maya pilgrims departed to visit the goddess Ixchel on the Cozumel Island. 

Your tour will take you to discover the wonders of the Maya world in a natural environment.



In the heart of the Riviera Maya is Xel-Ha, a natural park full of lots of wildlife, crystal clear waters, and of course, history.  

This site is make up of five sections, for example:  

The Palace, which is the oldest and largest in the zone. 

The Pilasters, Lothrop.  

The Birds, which has mural paintings preserved along with various birds of the region. 

Jaguar, it is located next to the cenote.  


Due to its geographic attributes, the archaeological site of Xel-Ha was one of the principal commerce centers of the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Read: 5 Fun facts about Cancun.

Now you know all archaeological sites you can visit in Cancun and Riviera Maya.

A lot of history is waiting for you! 

Write down these archaeological sites so you can add them to your itinerary and get ready to surprise yourself on your next adventure.