Muyil is an impressive archaeological site, located on the outskirts of the Mayan Riviera. The site is also often referred to by the name of Chunyaxche. This area was once used as a trading post and the structures were built here due to their proximity to the surrounding lagoons.
The Mayan architecture at the site is in good condition, just waiting to be explored. The large El Castillo pyramid is an impressive and commanding sight, standing at over 50 feet tall.
The Muyil site is quite remote and does not generally get overly busy. This is probably one of the main advantages of visiting this area though, it is a great experience to explore the ruins at your own pace.
Large sections of the Chunyaxche site have yet to be excavated, however this also adds to the atmosphere in my opinion. As you look around, you can picture yourself as an explorer, unearthing the hidden treasures for the first time in Mexican history.
Chunyaxche is situated in the Yucatan Peninsula region on the map of
It is thought that the original site dates back to around 300 BC.
The majority of the remaining buildings at the site were built much later though, somewhere between the years of 1000-1250 AD. Muyil was once a prominent trading centre for the early Maya Civilization. The position of the neighbouring lagoons was an important factor, because they were used a trading channel through the abstract jungle landscape. The Mayans used purpose built canoes to transport items of stock and trade to many locations along the canal routes.
The main historical landmarks to look out for at Muyil, are the commanding structures of El Castillo and the Pink Palace. These two buildings are in remarkably good condition, when you consider the age in which they were constructed. One of the reasons for this, is due to the Mayan tradition of rebuilding and adding new structures to existing buildings. If you look closely you can see many different levels and layers, still evident in the remaining architecture today.
If you're searching for historical sites to explore on your Riviera Maya holidays you will probably come across the famous sites of Chichen Itza and Tulum. Visitors are spoilt for choice really, when it comes to visiting iconic archeologicl sites in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Peninsula.
The Chunyaxche site is located around 17 kilometres away from the Mayan site at Tulum. Coba is also about an hours drive away from Tulum.
Muyil offers a relatively quiet excursion experience, there is a rustic atmosphere.
This small site is still largely untouched by the high levels of tourism that are present in many neighbouring areas of this part of Mexico. If you plan to visit the site, an hour or two is more than enough time, to explore the ruins.
The most prominent structures are grouped together within two main areas. There are also large jungle areas to walk though and sacbes (white Mayan roads) to follow. If you negotiate your way through these, you will reach the water, where you can take a boat tour. The site is situated within the beautiful Sian Ka'an Biosphere Nature Reserve, many visitors enjoy the opportunity to explore this surrounding natural environment.
If you find yourself with a few spare hours to fill whilst on holiday in Riviera Maya, then this trip is well worth considering. The site opens from 8am to 5pm daily. There are not any restaurants or bars on offer here, but then you can always travel back to your resort and enjoy a nice lunch after a great day out.