There are many fascinating ancient ruins nearby to Merida, in the Yucatan.
Famous Mayan Ruins
Some of the Mayan world’s most famous ruins are scattered about the Yucatan – Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Tulum ...are all popular tourist spots. They are incredible sites to behold!
Chichén Itzá is only about 70 miles from Merida. It is an impressive site and one of the most visited places in all of Mexico. It is classified as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to perhaps 550 AD, it is believed to have once operated as the ceremonial center of the ancient Mayan civilization. It is famous for El Castillo (the Temple of Kukulkan), massive pyramid which sits on top of another much older temple. Uxmal is another UNESCO-recognized Maya ruin located an hour and fifteen minutes south of Merida. The ruins of Ek Balam only started to be restored about 20 years ago so it attracting more and more visitors each year. Ek Balam means “black jaguar” in Mayan. The city of Ek Balam is an impressive site with incredible views. Ek Balam is near the city of Valladolid which is about two hours away from Merida.Tulum is a set of ancient ruins in a tropical beach setting. It is further away from Merida thatn Chichen Itza, Uxmal, or Ek Balam.