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These Mayan ruins are not as well-known as Uxmal, but nonetheless offer...

These Mayan ruins are not as well-known as Uxmal, but nonetheless offer some spectacular archaeological sights, such as El Mirador and the Temple of the Lintel.

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Sayil You can walk behind some of the none excavated parts. Interesting building of varying styles. More walking than Kabah. 2:30 minutes. Building are far apart.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Sayil You can walk behind some of the none excavated parts. Interesting building of varying styles. More walking than Kabah. 2:30 minutes. Building are far apart.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sayil is a Puuc site, south of Santa Elena (and between Kabah & Xlapak, Labna). If spending a day looking at Kabah & Xlapak & Labna, this place should be a short stop. It is not as re-constructed as some of these other sites, but is has a very nice multi-level Palace (Palace of Chaac). Sayil was a very densely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I had a lovely trip to Sayil after visiting Uxmal and Kabah. It is definitely smaller and less grand that the other two sites. But, it has it's highlights. The Palacio (El Palacio Norte) is impressive, especially the columns. You can't climb it but you can go right up to the first level. In my opinion, the main attraction of... More 

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

These ruins are very cheap to get into & there is free parking but the only main highlight is the palace which is the first ruin you come to. The other ruins further in the paths of the jungle are nothing special. If you want to go for a hike and it's cool outside head into the paths; otherwise skip... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

This is another low cost admission gem in the archeological zone. The admission was only 50 pesos and ample free parking. I will say there is a fairly long walk to the smallest buildings at the far end. I recommend you bring some extra water as there is no place after the very tiny gift shop at the entrance to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

The palace is truly breathtaking! When you come around the corner and first see it, it really takes your breath away, How marvelous it would have been to have seen it in its full grandeur. This site is definitely worth a stop, The other ruins at the site are very spread out and not too impressive. There is a VERY... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

We visited four sites on the Ruta Puuc in the same day and it was so worth it. Sayil was extremely beautiful and truly gave one the experience of stumbling upon the ruins in the wild for the first time. Lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

I visited the Sayil Ruins on the morning of November 24th with a friend, as part of our two-day road trip from Merida (second day). We stayed the night at The Pickled Onion B&B in the Mayan village of Santa Elena and then drove our rental car from there to the Sayil Ruins. The highway was quiet and there was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

Another great Mayan site off the beaten track - again our visit was enjoyed on our own. Pleasant 30 minute stop although little that suggests there used to be 17000 people there in days gone by.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015

It is estimated that Sayil had a population of approximately 17,000 during 800 – 1000 A.D. and was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. When you enter this site, you will see, under an outdoor palapa, some interesting artifacts and carvings (a “mini-museum”). The hiking loop is along a well-maintained gravel path and is mostly under a... More 

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