For novice and professional archaeological buffs alike, Club Ed is a dream come true. An entire week can easily be filled up with day-trips to the local archaeological sites. You may be easily transported back in time as you encounter one of the magnificent pyramids rising from the encroaching jungle to honor the sun or moon gods. This once thriving civilization comes back to life in the palaces and pyramids of the Yucatan Peninsula.
*Travelers Note: Always carry plenty of water and many times bug spray is necessary.
This is most famous and best restored Mayan site in the Yucatan. Actually comprised of two cities, this site is quite large in size. Highlights include the famous El Castillo pyramid, the Principal Ball court and the Sacred Cenote. The grandeur of this site is indescribable. Be advised that this is the busiest site in the Yucatan, so arrive as early as possible. The grounds have all of the modern conveniences and cater to tourist industry.
This is a must see site. Archaeology buffs, bird watchers and natures lovers alike will thoroughly enjoy Coba. Located 30 miles northwest of Tulum, Coba is the largest Mayan city ever discovered. Only part of the site has been uncovered to date, but the splendor of seeing these fantastic ruins, including the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, rise from the jungle is absolutely unforgettable. Plan on a full day to visit this site.
This rarely visited site is truly a gem in the raw. Thirty minutes south of Tulum, Muyil is out of the way of most of the tourist traffic. Most of this site has yet to be uncovered, but is a fabulous experience. The work is still in progress and is right out of Indian Jones. Often times, you will be the only ones there. A rare chance to experience the raw excitement of archaeology.
Located only a few miles south of Akumal is the breath-taking site of Tulum. Perched on the edge of a 10 meter cliff, the main pyramid overlooks the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean. Once used as a lighthouse, this pyramid is perfectly aligned with a natural break in the Palancar reef. The name Tulum, meaning "walled city", perfectly describes this Post-Classic site. It is an absolute must see, but we advise you go early to avoid the heavy tourist traffic from Cancun.
Near the Xel-Ha Eco-park, these ruins can be enjoyed along with a day of fun-filled activities. Turn right at Xel-ha before you go to the lagoon.