Top 3 Mayan Ruins Tours from Cancun

Mayan ruins of Tulum

“Visiting Cancun and NOT seeing the Mayans ruins is like going to Egypt and NOT seeing the pyramids.”

People from around the world flock to Cancun every year for the beaches, the ocean, the tropical weather and the wealth of Cancun activities available for all styles of travel. One of the major attractions of Cancun is its location in the Yucatan Peninsula, home to the ancient Maya civilization that fascinates the world.  Visiting Mayan ruins from Cancun is a MUST and it’s super easy with the convenient Mayan ruins tours that run daily and include all you need for a great Cancun excursion. Here’s a look at our top 3 Mayan ruins tours from Cancun, which is YOUR fave?

Chichen Itza

1. Chichen Itza, Yucatan

Perhaps the most famous Mayan ruins site in the world, Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s an archaeological marvel that is still being investigated with new discoveries coming to light each and every year. It’s a large site full of wonders and mysteries, your expert guide will let you in on some of the secrets of the Maya civilization and their contributions to the world. The main Kukulkan pyramid is an iconic symbol of the Maya and the Ball Court is the largest in the Maya world. Be sure to explore the observatory, the nunnery and the priest’s house for a complete view of the beauty of this site and the range of architectural styles and mastery of math and astronomy.

Chichen Itza tours are the best way to see the site, you’ll have transportation and expert guides and many tours include authentic Yucatecan cuisine and beverages, a swim in a cenote or a stop in the magic town of Valladolid.

Tulum archaeological site

2. Tulum Mayan ruins, Quintana Roo

We simply LOVE Tulum Mayan ruins tours, a fantastic introduction to the history and culture of the ancient Maya in a gorgeous seaside setting. Just a short trip south from Cancun, the archaeological site of Tulum sits atop a cliff overlooking the turquoise blue of the Mexican Caribbean sea, all your photos will look like professional postcards from paradise. As the site is relatively small and close to Cancun, visitors can take a Tulum Express Tour and be back at the pool bar for happy hour or combine it with other Cancun activities, the Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen tour is a fab day full of adventure!

Ek Balam Acropolis view

3. Ek Balam Mayan ruins, Yucatan

If you’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt from Chichen Itza and Tulum, you’re going to adore Ek Balam. Located close to Valladolid, Yucatan, Ek Balam is a lesser visited site with some incredible archaeological finds. Visitors can still climb the structures and the view from the top of the Acropolis is well worth the effort. The carvings are immaculately preserved, Ek Balam was only “recently” uncovered in 1997 and the archaeologists were astounded by what they found! This is a Mayan ruins site that is never crowded, you’ll feel the ancient vibes in peace! The Ek Balam and Cenote Maya tour is truly marvelous, the best of history, nature and culture in the Yucatan!

Don’t spend your whole vacation stuck in your lounge chair, get out and explore, there’s a magical world waiting in the Yucatan Peninsula!

Kelly McLaughlin
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