Now here's something I did not know! There are some fairly nice Mayan ruins within the town of Playa Del Carmen itself! Some sizable pyramids and structures are scattered throughout the Playacar area--only a twenty minute walk from 5th Avenue.
The ruins are of a town that existed called "Xaman-Ha", which means "waters of the north". This was a place where people gathered to travel back and forth from the mainland to the island of Cozumel. It also served as a stop on the Mayan commercial sea route that extended from Veracruz to the country of Honduras.
There are three archaeological sites for Xaman-Ha altogether, two of them are grouped together. The roadside markers, which are about a half-kilometre apart from each other, read "Site C" and "Sites E&F". The ruins are all within easy walking distance from the markers--only steps away. Well worn paths lead the way through light jungle foliage to the ruins. Make sure you go up the wooden steps at "Sites E&F" so you get to see all of it.
Although not anywhere near as impressive as the ruins at Tulum, Coba, or Chichen Itza, these are definitely worth a quick visit and they look brilliant when they're lit up at night with coloured spotlights. Very cool!
Go there! This structures have been standing for centuries.They are some of the most amazing sights North America has to offer. Stand atop a pyramid looking over the lush jungles of the yucatan. Learn how human sacrafice played a role in honoring the gods. Wander of into ruins frozen in time littered in over grown forest and wildlife.
Playa del Carmen is located in Quintana Roo, an area which is filled with many terrific activities. You can explore Mayan ruins, underwater caves, jungle rivers, and also hunt bargains in town!