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Mayapan Archaeological Ruins.

South of Merida Near Telchaquillo
On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.
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George & Eve DeLange

Google Map To The Mayapan Archaeological Ruins.
About 1 km From Telchaquillo, Yucatan, Mexico.


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'The Caracol' Of Mayapan. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"The Caracol" Of Mayapan.
'El Castillo' Or 'Kukulcan Temple' Of Mayapan. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"El Castillo" Or "Kukulcan Temple" Of Mayapan.

Mayapan Site Map. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Mayapan Site Map, Courtesy Andrew Coe's, "Archaeological Mexico."

Mayapan (mah-yah-PAHN), located in the Yucatan in Southeastern Mexico, approximately 24 mi/39 km SSE of Merida. Our GPS marks Mayapan's entrance at about 20o 37' 57.11" N 89o 27' 30.47" W.

Our first impression of Mayapan is that it is a beautiful, uncrowded archaeological site and that it is a wonderful place to visit.

As we walked around the site we also noticed that some of the buildings resemble buildings at Chichen Itza. The obvious difference between Mayapan and Chichen Itza is that the buildings at Mayapan are not built as well as at Chichen Itza. Even though they appear to be copies they are not built as sturdy and they are not finished off in such a way to be nearly as attractive as those at Chichen Itza. The lack of quality workmanship is very obvious.

Archaeologists say that one problem faced by the city's builders was that the stone in Mayapan's immediate vicinity is of poor quality. This may have caused the builders to scavenge their veneer from the neighboring settlements.

Another thought is that the rulers were more concerned with the widespread warfare going on in their area than in the building of temples.

The site is not well marked with signs describing the various structures and only the major structures are marked. Even so, the descriptions of the ones that are marked are very limited.

TOURING THE SITE

We entered the site of Mayapan from the North. We noticed that unexcavated mounds lie on either side of the road into the parking area.

Once we paid our fee at the small ticket station and entered the site from the parking lot we walked about seventy five meters South onto the ceremonial center of the site.

We first entered a small plaza; to the West we see a four-stage platform with a small temple on top. Two carved serpent columns guard its doorway. Next, we walked past some low colonnaded platforms to another plaza, at the South side of the plaza we see Mayapan's most famous structure, the nine-tiered "Temple of Kukulcan."

It is a smaller, version of the "Castillo" at Chichen Itza. The workmanship is very poor compared to Chichen Itza. We noticed that its staircases rise on all four sides of the pyramid to a square three-room temple on top, with two serpent columns facing north from the main doorway. From the temple, if we look South we see the Sierrita de Ticul-the hills which are located on the northern border of the Puuc region. We had read that a carbon 14 test performed on a platform below its base established a date of 1015 A.D. for its construction. We notice that the temple's angles are not well defined and that the staircases do not seem to be in the true center of each face of the platforms.

On the South side of the Castillo, there are roofs which cover stucco reliefs of decapitated warriors.

Walking to the East, we see that a platform holds the "Caracol" which is a spiral structure built around a solid core that appears to be a copy of Chichen Itza's observatory. Having studied astronomy for many years and the structure and alignments at the "Caracol", we beleive that the observational alignments at Mayapan are more obvious than at Chichen Itza.

Most of the other ceremonial center structures at mayapan seem to be long hallways faced with colonnades. Archaeologists think that these were used as council halls and as schools.

The site is easily accessible and open to the public. To get to Mayapán from Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, take either 63rd or 67th Street from the downtown area out to the Mérida highway (periférico). Then turn right onto the highway. Then turn left at the sign to Mayapán. Go clear through the town of Kanasin and then take the two-lane highway south past Acanceh and Tecoh. Less than one kilometer after passing the town of Telchaquillo, you will find the entrance to the site on your right. It is well-marked. The site is open every day. There is a small entrance fee. Most of the placemarks on the Google Maps are not correct. The map on our page shows the correct location of the ruins of Mayapan.

There is lots of parking and clean restrooms at the site, but there are no other facilities. Snacks and sodas are available at the stores in nearby Telchaquillo.

We were on the site February 7, 2004 at about 12:30 P.M. The rainy season is just starting, so the site was wet from an afternoon rain. It was actually cold when we were there and we needed to wear warm clothing! It continued to sprinkle when we were on site so it was a little difficult to take photos and to avoid getting the camera lens wet.

The Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport, formerly known as Mérida-Rejón Airport (IATA: MID, ICAO: MMMD) is the international airport located in the Mexican city of Mérida, Yucatán. It is located on the southern edge of the city.

The airport handles both domestic and international flights, and is open 24 hours a day.

We suggest flying into Mérida and staying in one of their many fine hotels when touring Mayapan and the ruins in the surrounding area.

We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into Mérida and several of the best hotels in Mérida.

After getting a flight and a hotel we suggest asking your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of Mayapan or the Mérida area. If you call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.

We do this all the time, when traveling in Mexico. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!

Therefore, we have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of Mérida; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.

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Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Our First View Of Mayapan
About 35 Meters Onto The Site
Pictures Panned East To West
Our First View Of Mayapan
About 35 Meters Onto The Site
Pictures Panned East To West
Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayapan Structures. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Our First View Of Mayapan
About 35 Meters Onto The Site
Pictures Panned East To West
About 70 Meters Onto The Site
Right After A Brief Rain
This Photo Shows Main Structures
Columned Platform. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Pyramid. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Columned Low Platform To WestSmall Pyramid Further West
Temple. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Kukulcan Temple. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Another Small Pyramid And Temple
South Of Main Entrance
"Kukulcan Temple" As Seen
From Top Of Small Temple
Audrey DeLange In Top Small Temple. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Maya Arch. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Audrey DeLange
Entering Top Temple
Of The Small Temple
Inside The Temple
Note The Arch
Thatch Roof. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Temple. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Another Small Temple With
Thatch Roof, East Of
Where We Entered The Plaza
Closer View Of Temple
We Will Go On Top
Mayan Temple. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Original Plaster Floor. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Thatch Roof On TopPlaster Floor Protected By Roof
Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayapan Temples. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"Caracol", "El Castillo,"
"Small Temple."
Seen From
Thatch Roof Temple.
Looking South
Two Small Temples
& Platform
West Of Where
We Entered Site
Seen From
Thatch Roof Temple.
El Caracol'. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.George DeLange Inside The 'El Caracol', The Observatory. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"El Caracol", The Observatory
Photo From
West Of The "Cenote."
George DeLange Inside
"El Caracol,"
The Observatory
Inside Observatory. El Caracol. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Inside Observatory. El Caracol. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Inside "El Caracol."
Ceiling View
Inside "El Caracol."
Ceiling View
Inside Observatory. El Caracol. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Inside Observatory. El Caracol. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Inside "El Caracol."
Doorway View
Inside "El Caracol."
Doorway View
East. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.North. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Doors Aligned
To Cardinal Directions
West View
Doors Aligned
To Cardinal Directions
North View
South. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.West. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Doors Aligned
To Cardinal Directions
South View
Doors Aligned
To Cardinal Directions
East View
Reliefs. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Reliefs. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
SW Side Of "El Caracol" ReliefsClose Up Of Relief
Reliefs. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Chaac Mask. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Close Up Of ReliefChaac Mask Located On South
Side Of The Observatory
Reliefs. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Reliefs. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Reliefs On South Side
Of Observatory
Reliefs On South Side
Of Observatory
Reliefs. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Statues. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Relief On South Side
Of Observatory
Statues On East Side
Of Observatory
Statues. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Statues. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Statues On East Side
Of Observatory
Statues On East Side
Of Observatory
Cenote. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Cenote. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
The "Cenote."
Viewed From "Caracol."
Drain From Building
Just South
Drains Into The Cenote
"Cenote" Close Up
'El Castillo'. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Kukulcan Temple. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
North Side Of "El Castillo"East Side Of "Kukulcan Temple"
Stucco Reliefs. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Decapitated Warrier. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
NNE Corner Decapitated Warrier
Stucco Reliefs
ENE Corner Reliefs, It Is Thought
Decapitated Head
Was Placed In Niche
Original Plaster. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Freize. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Original Plaster On North Side
Of East Stairway Of "El Castillo"
Freize On ESE Corner Of
"El Castillo"
Freize. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Freize. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Freize On ESE Corner Of
"El Castillo"
Freize On ESE Corner Of
"El Castillo"
Serpant Head. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Serpant Head. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Serpant Head North Side Of
"El Carasol"
Close Up Of Serpant Head
Colonnaded Platform. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Small Temple. Mayapan Ruins. Near Telchaquillo, South Of Merida On The Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán, México.Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Colonnaded Platform On NorthSmall Temple On West

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