Mayan Ruins (archeological sites) are scattered all throughout Mexico, and we were lucky enough to visit a handful of them during our time in Mexico.  The good news is that they cater for all different types of tourists.  They vary greatly in price and number of visitors (Sayal we had to ourselves and only cost us a few dollars, while at Tulum I think everyone in Mexico was there and cost us $20 each!).  Now there is a reason that the expensive and busy ones are that way.  They are better.  They have more to see and the ruins are in better quality.  But the other ones still have plenty to offer at a fraction of the price, and you don’t have to try and angle your photo so there are no other people in it.

I recommend that you go and see the two main ones (Chichen Itza and Tulum), or at least see one of them.  The number of people is a pain, but there is so much to see and they really are quite stunning.  Tulum is just incredible with the ocean backdrop.  I also recommend throwing in a few of the ‘other’ ones.  There are dozens to choose from, but just having them to yourself makes it worth it.  You can get your arty photo, sit and relax and have a chat to the million iguanas around.  You may however be limited to which ones you see as some of them are hard to get to if you don’t have your own car (tour buses don’t run often).

Here are some of our favorite shots put together for our Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay.

 

Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza – One of the many ruins at this site

 

Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza – The one you see on all those post cards!

 

Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay - Uxmal

Uxmal – Michael found the energy to climb these stairs. The hard bit was actually coming down without falling!

 

Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay - Sayil

Sayil – Flowers and stone

 

Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay - Tulum

Tulum – Our favorite of the ruins due to the Caribbean backdrop

 

Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay - Tulum

Tulum – Some ruins (with lots of tourists!)

 

Best of Mexico Mayan Ruins Photo Essay - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza – There is still plenty of other ruins at this site that aren’t on all those post cards

 

Mayan Ruins - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza – Pillars that seem to go on forever

 

Mayan Ruins - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza – One of the ‘other’ structures surrounding the main attraction

 

Mayan Ruins - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza – It really is one impressive structure.

 

Mayan Ruins - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza – We show off our artsy skills

 

Mayan Ruins - Sayal

Sayal – Anyone for a room for the night?

 

Mayan Ruins - Uxmal

Uxmal Ruins

 

Mayan Ruins - Uxmal

Uxmal – They must have been a fit race those Mayans. Look at all those stairs!

 

Mayan Ruins - Uxmal

Uxmal Ruins

 

Mayan Ruins - Kabah

Kabah – More steps!

 

Mayan Ruins - Kabah

Kabah – The stonework really is quite intricate.

 

Mayan Ruins - Sayil

Sayil – This location has only one main structure to see, but it was pretty impressive!

 

Mayan Ruins - Tulum

Tulum – You can tell the Tulum shots. Lots of greenery around.

 

Mayan Ruins - Tulum

Tulum – Beautiful structure with ocean views

 

Mayan Ruins - Tulum

Tulum Ruins

 

Mayan Ruins - Tulum

Tulum Ruins

 

Mayan Ruins - Tulum

Tulum – How did the Mayans get anything done with these sort of views?

 

Mayan Ruins - Tulum

Tulum – More views from above

 

Have you been to any Mayan Ruin sites? 

 

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