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Explore the Muyil Archaeological Site

Chunyaxché, Mexico

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​Muyil Archaeological Site, also known as Chunyaxché, is a smaller site of Mayan ruins in the state of Quintana Roo. The site was one of the earliest Mayan sites on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, with artifacts in the area found dating back to 350BC.

While not as impressive or popular as the Tulum Archaeological Site [add hyperink] located 27km to the north, the Muyil Archaeological Site has several small groupings of structures, and has a coastal jungle feel that inland archaeological sites don't have. Muyil is a contemporary name given to the site, as the actual name is not known. The site flourished around 250AD, and stayed populated until its ultimate decline during the Spanish conquests in the mid-19th century.

The site is under active excavation and restoration efforts, which prevents visitors from accessing certain areas, but allows them to watch the efforts to uncover and preserve for display this site.

There are several sizable temples, and many more small ruins overtaken by jungle growth. Monkeys may climb overhead, and visitors may find the lack of crowds at this site a relief compared to the larger operation of Tulum to the north. A fair amount of walking is required inside the site to reach the different groupings.

Drinks, food and gifts are offered by several vendors along the road in the small town of Muyil surrounding the archaeological site.

The Muyil Archaeological Site is open daily from 8am to 5pm. Admission is MX$45 per person.

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