Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza

Top 5 archaeological sites in Mexico that you cannot miss

One of the greatest pleasures of traveling is connecting with the culture of the country you visit and if you find yourself visiting Mexico, surely you’ll have noticed that it has a lot of history that is worth exploring. And the best way to do it’s to stop by the most famous archaeological sites in Mexico.

What is very impressive about the country is that it has two thousand archaeological sites, of which, according to the Ministry of Tourism, 187 are under the protection of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and are open to the public all year round. Amazing, right?

We know there are many places to visit but little time to do it, that’s why we have compiled 5 archaeological sites in Mexico that you have to see on your next visit.

The best archaeological sites in Mexico

1. Archaeological zone of Cobá

Pyramid of Nohoch mul Cobá
Pyramid of Nohoch Mul in Cobá

Of the archaeological sites in Mexico, Cobá is one of the oldest, that’s why it has great artistic and historical value. Inside you’ll have the opportunity to see the largest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula as well as explore every corner on board a bicycle, being the only place that allows this activity.

You can’t miss the opportunity to travel to Cobá since in addition to being able to explore its impressive monuments, in this town you’ll find other activities to make your visit unforgettable, such as the route of the cenotes, the cultural centers or the spider monkey reserve.

So you can live a better experience in this splendid place, we recommend you explore these couple of things that you should know before your visit to Cobá.

2. Archaeological zone of Tulum

Archaeological sites in Mexico, Tulum
Castle in the archaeological zone of Tulum

The archaeological zone of Tulum is one of the most emblematic sites of the Mayan Riviera, it’s a fact that you’ll not find any other site like it, mainly because of its location. Unlike other archaeological sites, this one is located in front of the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

As well, it is known for having an excellent conservation of its murals and buildings, which will allow you to appreciate its history much more. It’s made up of five access areas along with two watchtowers, but among its various buildings the most famous is the castle.

3. Archaeological zone of Muyil

Muyil archaeological zone
Archaeological zone of Muyil

After having finished your tour of Tulum, you cannot miss the opportunity to go to the archaeological zone of Muyil, since it’s only 30 minutes away.

Muyil is the ideal place to connect with nature while immersing yourself in its magnificent history, as it is one of the few places located in the middle of a nature reserve.

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4. Archaeological zone of Ek Balam

archaeological sites in Mexico, Ek Balam
Ruins and monuments in the archaeological zone of Ek Balam

Another unmissable site during your visit is the archaeological zone of Ek Balam, which stands out for being one of the areas with the best preserved monuments and structures in the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

The most impressive area of ​​these ruins is the Acropolis, a building surrounded by great vegetation that reveals an impressive view of the Mayan jungle. Other areas that you must visit are the oval palace, the twin pyramids and of course the ball court structure.

5. Archaeological zone of Chichen Itza

Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza
Kukulcán Pyramid at Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, besides being one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico, is an emblem that represents the Mayan culture worldwide. Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can’t pass up the opportunity to explore this treasure.

Within its vast territory you will find various structures that hide great stories and mysteries about the Mayan culture, however the most important of all is undoubtedly the pyramid of Kukulcán, proclaimed as one of the 7 wonders of the world. You have to see it!

Top Archaeological Sites you can visit with the Mayan Train

One of the main attractions of the Mayan Train is the opportunity to explore the fascinating archaeological sites along the route. As, its trip gives you access to some of Mexico’s most outstanding archaeological jewels.


Among them are the most famous, such as:

  • Palenque (in Chiapas): An ancient Mayan city located in the middle of the jungle. Its temples, pyramids and reliefs will transport you to an era full of mystery and splendor.


  • Comalcalco, Pomoná and Malpasito (in Tabasco): Explore the ruins of Comalcalco, known for its baked brick structures, unique in Mayan architecture. Pomoná and Malpasito also offer an intriguing glimpse of Mayan influence in the Tabasco region.
  • El Tigre (in Campeche): Dive into the Campeche jungle to discover El Tigre, a lesser-known but equally impressive archaeological site. With temples and plazas full of splendor.


  • Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Kabáh and Dzibilchaltún (in Yucatán): From the imposing pyramid of Chichén Itzá to the grandeur of Uxmal and the serenity of Dzibilchaltún, each site offers a unique perspective of Mayan culture.
  • Tulum and Coba (in Quintana Roo): Explore the impressive ruins of Tulum, located in front of the Caribbean Sea, and marvel at Cobá, home of Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Recommendations to visit the archaeological sites in Mexico

So you can have a better experience in each of these destinations, here are some of the recommendations to follow.

The first of these is to wear comfortable clothes, since the tours inside these historic precincts are usually extensive and on stone paths it is best to wear both light clothing and comfortable shoes for a long walk.

In the same way, we suggest you bring sunscreen or other items to cover yourself from the intense rays of the sun. If you do not know how to transport, to get the best route and live a complete adventure, here you can receive more information about tours with a guide and private transportation included.

Recommendations to visit the archaeological sites in Mexico
Prepare yourself and tour the historical sites like an expert

These are just some of the many archaeological sites in the country to visit, which will certainly be a point of connection with Mexican culture. After all, each one has its own secrets and stories that will help you learn more about the ancient civilizations that have lived in Mexico.

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