The Archeological Zone of Muyil should be at the top of your list if you want to visit ancient Mayan Ruins in the Quintana Roo region. This is one of the smaller ones in the region, but worth a visit.
Also in the area is a cool Lagoon and Sink Hole that is really worth checking out. I recommend doing the Ruins first and then heading to the sinkhole. It was a great way to cool down after being in the jungle and walking around the ruins!
What to know before visiting Muyil
It's about a 10 minute drive from Tulum, so is super easily accessible. If you don't have a car, you can easily take a taxi there. It was a weird experience, though.
When we were driving, we saw thousands of tiny little creatures we thought were bugs. We later came to the (maybe correct, maybe wrong) conclusion that they were bats. This region has lots of bats so it's definitely possible. Anyone here know?
Cost of Visiting Muyil
To get into the ruins themselves, it's a mere $2.50, or 50 Pesos. Super cheap! If you are looking for cheap things to do in the Tulum area, this definitely deserves a look. It was one of the cheapest things we've done since we go to Tulum over a week ago.
If you continue walking down the path they have a lagoon of Muyil, or the Laguna Chunayaxchè. The guides at the end were a little pushy and after looking on Google ... doesn't look like we missed out on much.
Final thoughts on the Muyil Ruins
If you're in Tulum and are on a budget, this needs to be at the top of your list. No, it's not as fancy as many of the other ruins (That I'll blog about later and are worth the money, but it's an easy trip. Shoestrings budget welcome here!
The total time you should allocate for exploring the ruins is about an hour. If you find yourself with a little bit of spare time and want to keep your trip to Tulum cheap, Muyil should definitely be a place you visit.
Should you plan a whole day around it? No. But it's a good fit for some types of travelers. Have a blast and let me know what you think of the Muyil Ruins!