The Mayan Ruins at Muyil and The Biosphere

The Mayan Ruins at Muyil and The Biosphere

This happens to be some of the best photographs I’ve taken of any Mayan ruins to date……  Yeah it’s only my 3 site visit but, still!!

The word that comes to mind is ‘Magnificent’!!  Muyil.  Easy for me to spell.

On my way to Bacalar I saw a sign indicating ruins at Muyil and since I was excited about getting to Bacalar I just made a mental note to stop on the way home.  I remembered, so I did……stop.  This is a stop that I will not regret…..not that there are regretful stops mind you.  I guess that’s just a figure of speech.  I stopped! Glad I did!

I’m not gonna load too many pictures in here, I’ll upload more and put them in the pictures section of my website.  That’ll work.

The Mayan Ruins at Muyil and The Biosphere  

Muyil, not easy for me to pronounce.  But I’m working on it.

But I do have some, I feel stunning photos to show here.

First off this is a very unique area…..Biosphere.  A protected area (as best that anything is protected here).  Nothing short of Beautiful.

Sian Ka’an.   From the Mayan language Sian Ka’an means ‘Origin of the Sky’. Sian Ka’an is located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula, the biosphere reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, and a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It’s the habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna and home to more than I think 300 species of birds, and iguanas (probably snakes too, although I didn’t see any), which cohabit in the diverse environment formed by its complex hydrological system.

I’m saying this in my own way here… just sort of let your imagination come along with me.  This ‘hydrological system’ thing……this area is solid limestone and centuries of water flow (fresh water) beneath has carved some unique physical attributes.  This water is crystal clear.  I can’t vouch for its drinkability as waste disposal makes its way to everywhere.  Hopefully this beauty isn’t and won’t be tainted with refuse.  Long ago this was the Mayan’s source of drinking water…..the underground water.  Periodically a sink hole would …..well sink and reveal the crystal clear water in the manner of cenotes. I’ll do a posting later on these beauties….

But back to the Mayan ruins.

Frankly……I’m still in owe of this.  Particularly the two photos (same site) to the right.  It’s roped off so it couldn’t be climbed and …….I’m not sure I would have gotten above just a few steps.  This is very, very steep. There’s no ground access to the inners of this beauty.  I would go back just to stand next to it again.

The Mayan Ruins at Muyil and The Biosphere  

There’s trees through out the grounds that didn’t exist thousands of years ago.  I know that sounds ‘duh??’  But, the Mayan’s cleared the area of trees and all the buildings were in eyesight.  Not like today.

The jungle has actually invaded some of the structures as you can see.  Some of the structures seem to be seating areas where I’m sure the Mayan elders gathered to discuss the happenings of the community and neighboring villages.

Causes me to wonder how our socializing today has become an extension of theirs of 1500 years ago.  How did they look upon women, children their relationships with them.  I could read, but I like my imagination.  But, I’ll read.  Sometimes it’s just letting the curiosity of the mind linger over an idea and allow it to just imagine.  Quite entertaining.  Give it a try.

There’s the Muyil Laguna about 500 meters beyond the ruins….due east. I found the path.  It’s a busy path too.  Bird watchers, snorkelers, adventurers, people lost, etc…..

I’m sure the fence is post-Mayan civilization.  The path leads to here:

The Mayan Ruins at Muyil and The Biosphere  

It’s all really an eye full….. it’s a short distance drive south of Tulum.  Looks like you’re in the middle of now where because……well because you are!

Of the 3 sites visited so far…..these are the most intact ruins.  Still I have Coba in my sights……I need to lose a few more pounds and get a little more exercise in first. But I do need to visit before spring.

Peace, love, and beaches,


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