Muyil Archaeological Site Tour: Explore Ancient Mayan Temples in the Heart of Sian Ka'an Biosphere
661 Ratings
Embark on a captivating tour of the Muyil Archaeological Site in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Explore ancient Mayan temples, hike through lush jungles, and float along a lazy river surrounded by stunning flora. Don't miss this unforgettable adventure!
Duration: 5 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Zona Arqueologica de Muyil - Explore the archeological site of Muyil still covered by the jungle and once an important trading post.
  • Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve - Walk through an ecopath through the jungle, climb up a watch tower, explore the fresh water lagoons by boat, float in a lazy river
What's Included
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Snacks
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Tulum (revise confirmation email for pick up time)
What's Not Included
  • Extra Transportation Fees (North of Tulum)
  • $10USD per person extra for pick-ups between Conrad Tulum by Hilton and Puerto Aventuras.
  • $20USD per person extra for pick-ups between Puerto Aventuras and Paradisus Playa del Carmen.
  • $30USD per person extra for pick-ups between Sandos Caracol PDC and Iberostar Gran Paraíso.
  • $40USD per person extra for pick-ups between Playa Maroma (Vidanta) and Cancun Airport Area.
  • $45USD per person extra for pick-ups between Cancun Airport Area and Cancun Downtown.
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

The historical locale of Muyil nests within the northern area of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve. This ancient Mayan commerce hub offers a unique opportunity to witness striking Mayan edifices like the 17 meters (57 ft) El Castillo structure, set amidst the incredibly varied semi-evergreen forest of Sian Ka’an. Follow an educational path from the historical site towards Sian Ka’an’s highest viewing point to appreciate the lush jungle greenery and invigorating freshwater marshes. Upon reaching the Muyil lagoon, you will embark on a boat journey across twin lagoons linked by a manmade canal that’s been in operation for multiple centuries. Xlapak is the edifice situated at the origin point of the slow-moving river where a magical floating journey in pristinely clear rainwater leading to the Caribbean sea begins. Enjoy a 30-minute floating experience enveloped by mangroves, orchids, bromeliads with a delightful vegetarian picnic featuring seasonal fruits as part of the tour.

  • Don’t Forget to Bring:
  • Towel.
  • Bathing Suit.
  • Comfortable Shoes.
  • Extra T-Shirt.
  • Hat.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Camera.
  • Cash (Most of the local vendors only accept cash).
  • Only if necessary: Bio degradable Sun Screen & Bio Degradable Mosquito Repellent.
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Necessary COVID-19 prevention measures are implemented during the tour (50% capacity, Antibactial gel available and facemasks complusory, sanitization of vehicles and equipment, safe distance between all participants, groups from 2 to 6 people maximum, private tour possible)
  • If you present any of the following symptoms (fever, dry cough, tiredness, headaches, aches and pains), please refrain from joining the tour, contact us as soon as possible and look for medical assistance
  • Forbidden for pregnant travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(661 Ratings)
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Apr 6, 2024
Kids want to go again! - Paloma was an amazing guide. The lazy river was an unforgettable experience! Peaceful, beautiful and refreshing.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 4, 2024
Awesome Mayan experience! - Absolutely loved this experience, visiting ancient Mayan ruins without the crowds and floating down an ancient Mayan canal. Alonso was a really great host, very knowledgable and considerate to our family and took us for a lovely local lunch. Thank you for a fantastic experience and sharing your love of Mayan history!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 3, 2024
Family Fun in Sian Kaan - We took this tour yesterday and had a wonderful time. The ruins were interesting, especially if you have not been to any Mayan ruins. The setting was amazing. We walked through the shady jungle and saw so many different plants. We even saw HOWLER MONKEYS. The boat ride and river float was incredibly special. It is a way to really better understand the ecology of the area, enjoy truly relaxing nature with beautiful views, and just SUPER FUN! - Jose was our driver. He was super friendly and attentive. He was pretty funny too! We would love to have him as a driver for any excursion. - Maca was our guide. She was INCREDIBLY knowledgeable about the ruins, plants, and general biodiversity of the region. She answered lots of questions that had come up throughout our trip, not just during the tour. She was super friendly and funny and great with kids! We had a nice lunch and a healthy snack on the tour. We wore sandals and brought towels. It was a very relaxing and beautiful activity.
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Apr 2, 2024
Magical day - Lea our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Took care of everything. Floating in the canals and the walk through the jungle to the ruins was incredible. Great tour. We went with two teen daughters and they loved it as well.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 1, 2024
Sian Ka’an Tour, Tulum - A-1 experience! My husband and I have went on a number of excursions and this one was our favourite. Leire (I hope a spelled her name correctly) was so knowledgeable, professional and fun. This tour to the Muyil ruins and swimming through the canal is a must! We will definitely have our friends and family do this tour! Thank you for the memorable experience!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 31, 2024
Totally at peace in nature on this tour!!! - We did a private version of this tour with our guide Marco and driver Jesus. Marco was super knowledgeable of the history, flora and fauna of the sites. He was very accommodating and personal as was Jesus. They made ourbtrip even better. Was nice to see the ruins briefly. Followed with a local lunch and then an awesome boat ride to the lagoon and a casual swim on the lazy river. Totally out of this world. Water was warm and super peaceful.
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Mar 31, 2024
Floating down the canal,... - Floating down the canal, in a small group of six, allowed us to feel very at one with nature and our guide, Lea, did a good job of explaining the importance of the Biosphere Reserve to the local ecology. It was all around a very fun day.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 31, 2024
Great Tour guide - Cesar is a very knowledgeable and passionate tour guide. He made our adventure very fun. Everything was communicated so well, and every detail covered. Great price too. Highly recommend.
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Mar 30, 2024
History, thrills and fun! - Our guide Cesar was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history and ecosystem of Sian Ka’an and the Muyil ruins. He provided a lot of new-to-us information and some dry humor. The highlights for us were the adventurous speedboat ride through the lagoons and the lazy river float in the canals. Throughout he made sure everyone on the tour was comfortable and happy. We had an excellent time!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Mar 30, 2024
Holiday highlight - Fantastic trip and a highlight of our holiday, in no small part thanks to Alonso who was a superb guide. He provided us all with so much insight in to Mayan history and culture and happily answered our many questions about Mexico plus accommodated our trilingual group with ease. The trip itself was interesting, informative and varied. We learned a lot visiting Muyil, which was very quiet so we got to enjoy it without having to navigate large crowds. A tasty lunch in a local restaurant followed by a trip to the biosphere, floating down the canal was the perfect end to our half day adventure. Would highly recommend!
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up to 10 guests
1 Adult
April 2024