Discover Mexico's Mystery at the Archaeological Sites in Playa del Carmen
One of the Riviera Maya's most fascinating destinations, Playa del Carmen is dotted with amazing ancient ruins that are not-to-be-missed. Nestled in between the great Mayan cities of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba and Ek Balam, Playa del Carmen's archaeological sites are packed with antiquated beauty that tells the tales of the pre-Columbus era. Get a glimpse of Mexico's mysterious and industrious past at renowned ruins ranging from Tulum overlooking the Caribbean Sea to Coba and Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world. Visitors can explore each site individually or day trips tours can cover a combination of them for the ultimate cultural experience. Complete your adventures with a dip in the underground rivers and cenotes or a day on the white sandy beach.
Entrance fees are approximately $2 to $6
Varies per site, but typically 8:30 am to 5 pm
Festival of Life & Death Traditions
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
Mayan Day of the Dead
How far is Playa del Carmen Archaeological Sites from downtown Playa del Carmen?
Plan the perfect itinerary to fit in all of the renowned archaeological sites while visiting the Riviera Maya. Chichen Itza and Ek Balam are about 2.5 hours from Playa del Carmen, while Tulum and Coba are about 45 minutes. It is suggested to go early in the morning to beat the crowds, as most close around 5 pm. The best way to see them all is to book an ancient ruins tour which combines the best sites and experiences.
What should I bring to Playa del Carmen Archaeological Sites?
Regardless of which sites you go to, whether one or all, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes designed for hiking and the water. Some Archaeological sites offer swimming, so you definitely want to bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, cameras, change of clothes, and a towel. Cash, water, and snacks are also good to have with you.