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Tulum’s Muyil Ruins: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting This Beautiful Historic Site

Tulum’s Muyil Ruins: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting This Beautiful Historic Site

Looking to visit the Muyil Ruins near Tulum? This often-overlooked site boasts beauty and history in abundance – here’s why you should visit.

Sandwiched between Tulum and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the Muyil Ruins are some of the most impressive in Quintana Roo. Lush and green, these ruins even boast a nearby lagoon and fascinating etchings on their walls.

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Why Visit the Muyil Ruins?

Muyil Ruins

Far quieter than some of the more popular ruins in Tulum, Muyil is famous for its stone tablets (or stelae, if you want to be technical). These tablets are carved with hieroglyphics and illustrate religion and politics during the Mayan era, offering a fascinating glimpse into Tulum’s past. 

In fact, Muyil was one of the earliest settlements on the Caribbean coast, so it’s no wonder the ancient drawings are so impressive – and the site’s proximity to the water solidified it as an important trade route among merchants.

While you’re there, make sure to check out the highlights of the Muyil Ruins. These include the Gran Plaza – the main square surrounded by Mayan Temples – and the Chac-Mool Monument, an impressive sculpture depicting a reclining figure.

On average, it takes around an hour and a half to completely explore the site. But, feel free to spend a few hours strolling from ruin to ruin, admiring the ancient artwork.

How to Get to the Muyil Ruins

Muyil Ruins

While you can visit the Muyil Ruins by yourself by driving south along highway 307, we highly recommend taking a tour like this one to get the most out of your visit. 

This particular offering includes a half-day trip to the nearby Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, with hotel pick up and drop off, as well as a boat ride through the nature park’s azure waters included.

Hotels Near the Muyil Ruins

We’ll be quite honest, there’s no need to stay in a hotel specifically close to the Muyil Ruins as they are only located around 20 minutes by car from the center of Tulum. However, the following hotels are located closer to the highway and can make your visit that little bit easier:

  • Penthouse Puma: This gorgeous apartment is ultra-stylish, featuring the rustic style of decor that Tulum is well known for. With a kitchen and spacious living area, this is perfect if you’re staying in Tulum for an extended period of time.
  • Alojamiento: This apartment block boasts clean and cozy rooms, as well as a pool. Its location is quiet, perfect if you’re looking to escape the buzzy center of Tulum.
  • Casa Lam Tulum: If you’re looking to reconnect with nature and detach yourself from the rest of the world, these apartments are the best place. Rooms are simple yet bright, with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

Muyil Ruins: Map