4 Must-Visit Places to Explore the Mexican Caribbean’s Rich Ancient Culture

In Cancún, Play by Christina Silvestri

Archaeological tourism is making a resounding comeback in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

In the first three months of 2023, cultural tourism reached 90% of its pre-pandemic levels, with 12 of the 13 archaeological zones in Quintana Roo now reopened. Over 600,000 visitors have already explored the region’s ancient sites, with the following destinations among the most popular for cultural tourism.

Be sure to put these must-visit places in the Mexican Caribbean on your list!

1. Chichén Itzá

Located in the neighboring state of Yucatan, Chichén Itzá is a must-see for anyone interested in Mesoamerican architecture and history. This iconic site recently regained its title as Mexico’s most visited archaeological attraction, accounting for almost 20% of all archaeological tourism in the country in March 2023. The Pyramid of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo, is the main draw here, with its impressive snake-like shadow that appears during the spring and fall equinoxes. The ball court is another highlight, famous for its unique auditory effects.

READ MORE: Chichén Itzá, a Wonder of the World

2. Tulum Archaeological Zone

The Tulum Archaeological Zone Tulum, known for its ecological tourism, is home to the third most visited archaeological site in Mexico. The Tulum Archaeological Zone offers stunning views of ancient temples and walls set against the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can explore the gateway connecting the Mayans to Central America, as well as the beautiful beaches and cliffs on the eastern side of the site.

READ MORE: Tulum Archaeological Zone Set for Major Upgrades Ahead of Maya Train Launch

3. Cobá

While it may not have the same level of fame as Chichén Itzá or Tulum, Cobá is a hidden gem for those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience. This Mayan city boasts a 138-foot tall pyramid and a ball court, as well as the chance to see local Mayan merchants selling honey in surrounding towns. Wildlife enthusiasts may also spot howler and spider monkeys, as well as top feline predators, like jaguars, panthers and ocelots in the surrounding jungles.

READ MORE: Coba: Home of the Tallest Ancient Pyramid in Yucatan

4. Muyil

For a tranquil escape into nature, Muyil is a must-visit destination only 20 minutes from Tulum. El Castillo, a 55-foot pyramid with a unique figure, is the site’s most famous attraction, but visitors can also explore the jungle and encounter more ancient pyramids and structures. The Muyil Lagoon is a pristine mangrove forest with a peaceful atmosphere, where local guides offer boat tours.

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