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Even though Mayapan is smaller in comparison to other sites, it still has many Mayan buildings. A lot of the buildings are in disarray, but the government is working to rebuild the site. Many of the buildings as well have not yet been unearthed from the surrounding landscape. To learn more about Mayapan, please use the web site link below
Updated Apr 4, 2011
This would have been used for astrological purposes, you can go inside and see how the walls slope in to the roof. There are also some fresco fragments in niches
Updated Oct 22, 2010
The one thing that I have noticed in my travels to the various ruins of Mexico is that they all have some kind of observatory for studying the stars. Mayapan is no exception, as you can see from the picture. The Mayans were extremely accurate in their studies of the heavens. Their calendar is based on the phases of the moon, which make it the most accurate calendar still known to us.
Updated Aug 21, 2003
If you can picture some large timbers creating a roof over your head, then you can picture what the market place was like. These stone supports were probably the bases for wood timbers that could be placed on top to support a thatched roof. I love wandering around these places as my mind wanders off to the past in wonder of how the Mayans lived.
Written Aug 21, 2003
Check out the atrocities of treasure hunters. Prior to modern archeology, people just cut off heads and interesting figures to be sold to museums and collectors. What remains are just holes in the otherwise amazing sculptures and building. Today, archeologist work around the clock to prevent such atrocities from re-occurring.
Written Mar 5, 2003
The bus to Mayapan leaves from the bus station on Calle 67 between 50 and 52. As Mayapan is en route to lots of other places on the Convent ruote, buses leave about every hour, I got one at 9.30 which arrived about 10.50. It's a roundabout route through each small village - stay awake for Acanceh which has a pyramid right on the town square.
Coming back, buses leave every hour but the info was vague as to exactly when. Or just walk out on the other side of the road and hail down anything which looks like a van - there are quite a few colectivos returning to Merida from other villages.
The trip cost 15 pesos
Updated Oct 22, 2010
Please be careful, in the maps, sometimes is only mentioned Mayapan and you think the ruins are there, the town of Mayapan is 40km away from the ruins. Pay attention in the highway signs saying "Z.A. Mayapan" which is the archeological site. Better to go from Merida.
Written Apr 7, 2008