Right on the Yucatán Peninsula sits one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico, Chichen Itza . When many think of Mayan pyramids in Mexico, the dominating El Castillo , a 30-meter tall step-pyramid, comes to mind. Chichen Itza is one of the Mexican ruins near Cancun , so it makes an easy day trip.
the Pyramid of the Sun
Top 15 Mayan Ruins & Archeological Sites To Visit In Mexico Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins. Coastal Ruins Of Tulum . Maya Ruins Of Coba . Palenque . Calakmul Mayan Ruins. Monte Alban. Teotihuacan. Ek Balam .
The Aztecs were Nahuatl-speaking people who lived in central Mexico in the 14th to 16th centuries. The Maya people lived in southern Mexico and northern Central America — a wide territory that includes the entire Yucatán Peninsula — from as early as 2600 BC. The civilization’s height was between 250 and 900 AD.
Tikal Temple IV
The Great Pyramid of Cholula
about 60 miles
By far the most well known ancient Mayan ruins and Mexico pyramids , Chichen Itza is a popular day trip for travelers staying in Cancun and a well preserved ancient city. The main highlight of Chichén Itzá is the famous El Castillo pyramid , one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Imagine having made all of these pyramids and structures without the use of any modern tools we have access to today? There are hundreds of Mayan ruins throughout Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala, but the Yucatan Peninsula (where Tulum , Playa del Carmen and Cancun are) have some of the most impressive ruins .
To answer your question though – yes, the ruins are safe . Chichen Itza is a bit of a trek (3 hours drive each way) and being inland in the jungle, it can be extremely hot there. Tulum is much closer and the setting is spectacular (the ruins are on top of a cliff).
The access fee is $35- 40 pesos (video cameras extra $30 pesos) and the visit timetable is 8 am to 5 pm, everyday. It is important to mention that it is necessary to park the your car at the shopping center’s parking lot (an extra $30 pesos fee) when arriving through the main ruins entrance.
The pyramids and temples are common at most of the ancient Mayan sites around Yucatan and Quintana Roo but to prevent injury and damage to them many are roped off and you can ‘t climb . There are though 3 that you can climb . Coba, Uxmal and one in Izamal.