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Top 6 Archeological Sites To Explore Along The Upcoming Maya Train Route This Year

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The highly anticipated Maya Train, possibly the most ambitious tourist project Mexico has seen in recent decades, is set to open its doors later this year.

In addition to connecting various cities and several tourist destinations, the railroad will traverse dozens of Mayan archeological sites, each stop unveiling a unique chapter of this enigmatic civilization. 

Amazingly, more than 20,000 Mayan archeological sites have been discovered throughout the development of the project!

Uxmal Temple

From the coastal allure of El Meco and Tulum to the mythical wonder of Chichen Itzá, there is no doubt that the Maya Train will offer an exceptional opportunity to experience the fascinating world of the ancient Mayans.

Handy tip: You’ll have some pesky companions on this adventure, namely mosquitoes, and horseflies. So, don’t forget to pack some organic mosquito repellent!

With that taken care of, you’ll be ready to start your archeological exploration and unearth the secrets of this ancient culture.

Let’s begin:

El Meco

Located near Cancun, El Meco presents a unique blend of ancient history and coastal allure. 

The site is believed to have served as a significant trade and navigation center during the ancient Mayan civilization.

Explore El Castillo, a five-level pyramid standing at a height of 17 meters, making it the largest Maya building in the coastal region.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and remarkable architecture of El Meco, which offers a captivating glimpse into the ancient Mayan civilization along the Maya Train route.

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El Meco

Chichén Itzá

The most legendary of all Mayan cities and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá is the epitome of mythical wonder and architectural grandeur.

Behold its awe-inspiring structures, such as the majestic Kukulkan Pyramid and the Great Ball Court.

If you time your visit just right during the spring or fall equinoxes, you might witness the mesmerizing sight of the descending Kukulkan serpent.

Don’t miss out on exploring the Temple of the Warriors, where you’ll marvel at the remarkable engineering and artistic prowess of the ancient Maya.

Conveniently, this mythical city will have its own stop at the Maya train station, so it’s an absolute must-visit!

Chichén Itzá


Once a bustling seaport and trading hub for the Mayan civilization, Tulum invites visitors with its coastal charm.

Admire the stunning panoramic views from El Castillo and be captivated by the Temple of the Frescoes, adorned with beautiful, intricate murals.

After exploring the ancient ruins, reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the nearby beaches.

Tulum is the perfect blend of history and paradise, making it an unforgettable stop along the Maya Train route.

Tulum Temple


Deep within the lush jungles of the Yucatán Peninsula lies Chacchoben, a site so secluded that it remained hidden until its rediscovery – in the late 20th century!

Let your curiosity guide you as you wander among towering pyramids and temples adorned with captivating stone carvings. Explore the imposing Acropolis and try to imagine the daily lives of the ancient inhabitants.

Chacchoben’s serene setting and lesser-known status offer a truly immersive and intimate experience for archaeological enthusiasts.

chaccoben ruins


This lesser-known gem showcases an unusual mix of architectural styles, a result of the Mayans’ interaction with various cultures over centuries.

Marvel at the impressive Main Acropolis and the Temple of the Masks, which feature  intricate stone masks representing ancient deities.

As you explore the ceremonial center, ball courts, and residential areas, you’ll gain insight into the impressive urban sophistication of the ancient Mayans.

Edzná’s serene ambiance and well-preserved structures make it a hidden treasure along the Maya Train route, accessible from the Maya Train stop at the city of Campeche.

edzna ruins


Renowned for its Puuc-style architecture, Uxmal showcases intricate stone mosaics and detailed friezes. 

Uxmal’s Governor’s Palace boasts a remarkable frieze depicting a narrative of historical events and mythical tales, showcasing the storytelling prowess of the ancient Mayans.

This architectural marvel is an absolute must-visit on the Maya Train route. Conveniently located just an hour’s drive from the city of Mérida, which also features its own Maya Train stop, this wonderful site is easily accessible for exploration.

uxmal ruins

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