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"Before creation, there were no men, no animals, birds, fish, crabs, trees, stones, holes, canyons, beach nor rattan and the face of the earth did not manifest itself, the sea was suspended and there was nothing that made a sound in the sky. . ." Popol Vuh

The timeless Maya, one of history's most captivating civilizations, lived in the areas that today encompass Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and southeast Mexico: The "Mundo Maya."

Akumal vacation rentals on the Riviera Maya make an excellent, centrally located, home base for exploring the archaeological sites of Mexico and northern Belize. From Akumal, an easy day trip can take you to Tulum, Coba, and the famous Chichen Itza. For those of you lucky enough to have the time to venture out to Uxmal, Palenque, or Kohunlich, these are also enchanting sites that will leave longlasting memories.

Facilities at most archeological sites are excellent. The larger sites generally have cafeterias and souvenir shops, and all have nice bathroom facilities. Chichen Itza and Uxmal both have small museums and an auditorium. If you arrive early, skip the museum and see the site first before the heat becomes uncomfortable.

Sites are open between 8 AM and 5 PM, with a sound and light show in the evening at both Chichen Itza and Uxmal (in Spanish at 7 pm and English at 9 pm). We recommend arriving early in the day or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and the heat. The admission fee is around $4 per person with an additional fee for the sound and light show. Some sites are still free on Sundays.

"Mundo Maya," an outreach organization created by the Mexican federal government, strives to preserve the incredible natural beauty of the region and rich cultural heritage of today's modern Maya as well as improve their standard of living and opportunities for education through the creation of low impact sustainable tourism developments. Today the Maya are a living race - warm and friendly people who have maintained their traditions, medicinal secrets and artistic history. We invite you to explore the Mundo Maya while vacationing in Akumal. Wander down dusty roads and uncover the many secrets of a land that will fill your senses.

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The awe-inspiring Maya city of Chichen Itza offers the best example of Puuc style architecture (a Maya style influenced by the Toltecs)....

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Decidedly unique among Yucatecan archaeological sites, Coba offers a glimpse of the great Mayan cities grown over by dense jungle, as they...

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Ek Balam is located just north of Valladolid and well worth the two-hour trip from Akumal to visit. At Ek Balam, restoration...

Muyil (or Chunyaxché) is one of the 22 pre-hispanic settlements inside the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and is situated approximately 15 kilometers south...

One of the most heavily visited attractions, these cliff-top ruins create a dramatic vision, keeping quiet watch over the white sandy beaches and...

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Uxmal is considered by many archaeologists to be one of the finest examples of an ancient Maya city. It is also one...