Historical Sites You Must See on Your Trip to Cancun


In between lounging in the white sands, sipping margaritas, and splashing in the warm waters of the Gulf, make sure to take some time to explore the cultural significance and historical sites around Cancun. Unravel the mysteries of the Mayan civilization at sites like Chichen Itzá where you can explore ancient pyramids and walk through sacred grounds. Whether you’re going there on spring break or taking a trip to escape for the winter, don’t miss these sites on your next visit to Cancun.

Chichen Itzá

While visiting Cancun, take the opportunity to see Chichen Itzá, which showcases ancient remains and ruins from over 2,000 years ago. You can take a guided tour with a local knowledgeable tour guide or opt to explore on your own. Either way, connect with the past as you explore ancient pyramids and learn about the sometimes mysterious Mayan culture. Make sure to bring a hat, comfortable shoes and sunblock as you’ll be outside on your feet in often hot and humid weather.

El Ray Ruins

If you’re looking for something close by, the El Rey Ruins are very close to the Hotel Zone of Cancun and also offer a uniquely immersive experience into the Mayan civilization. While smaller than its more famous counterpart, one distinct reason many visitors flock to this historical site is to get up and close with the local wildlife. Iguanas are often seen lounging on the ruins and basking in the sun.

The Mayan Museum

If you’re looking to get out of the heat and humidity, a visit to the Mayan Museum is what’s in store. Here you can learn about everyday Mayan culture and civilization and see authentic artifacts and artwork on display. The museum contains an outdoor sculpture garden with small-scale models of the surrounding pyramid sites. It offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the Mayan civilization to supplement and enrich your experiences at other historical sites.

A visit to Cancun would not be complete without a side trip to local historical sites which offer a glimpse into the mysterious Mayan culture and civilization. Sites like Chichen Itzá and The El Rey Ruins contain intact relics of sacred artifacts like pyramids, while the Maya Museum of Cancun gives you further detail and information. These historical sites are sure to provide a worthwhile and enriching activity to complete your Cancun vacation.

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