Mayapan is a little known ancient Mayan ruin near Merida in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. We had a nice visit and one of the best parts was that we had it almost to ourselves – we only saw one other couple there the whole time of our visit. Mayapan was the last great Maya capital that fell just a few years before the Spanish conquest of the area.

Below are pictures from our trip. After the pictures, you’ll find links to more information, including a detailed description from our visit and tips on how best to see it yourself. I also provide a link to a page where I rank Mayapan in amongst all the other ancient Mesoamerican sites I have seen. Give them a look.

Mayapan Mayan Ruin
Smaller Temple

Mayapan Mayan Ruin

Mayapan Mayan Ruin
Observatory and Temple of Kukulcan

Mayapan Mayan Ruin

Mayapan Mayan Ruin observatory
Observatory (Caracol)
Mayapan Mayan Ruin chaac
Chaac Face with Equally Scary Visitor
Mayapan Mayan Ruin observatory
Chaac and Observatory
Mayapan Mayan Ruin painting
Painted Stucco Facade
Mayapan Mayan Ruin stucco relief
Stucco Relief – a Skull was in the Hole when Discovered
Mayapan Mayan Ruin Kukulcan pyramid castillo
Temple of Kukulcan (Castillo de Kukulkan)
Mayapan Mayan Ruin
Pillars Viewed from Top of Temple of Kukulcan
Mayapan Mayan Ruin
Mayapan from Top of Temple of Kukulkan – Temple of Painted Niches on Right
Mayapan Mayan Ruin
Observatory from Top of Temple of Kukulkan
Mayapan Mayan Ruin Temple of Painted Niches
Temple of the Painted Niches
Mayapan Mayan Ruin Kukulcan pyramid castillo
Temple of Kukulkan
Mayapan Mayan Ruin Kukulcan pyramid castillo
Temple of Kukulcan from Temple of the Painted Niches
Mayapan Mayan Ruin
Room with Corbel arches

To read details from our visit to Mayapan, go here.

I’ve but some advice on how to see it yourself here.

Want to see where Mayapan ranks in all the Mesoamerican sites I’ve been to? Go here.

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