In the middle of the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve, next to the Muyil lagoon, located in the north of the reserve, is the archaeological site of the same name which shows how a town looked in the classical Mayan period. It is a much more humble settlement than that of Chichén Itzá, but no less impressive, as the thickness of the jungle and the nearby lagoon will make the excursion much more interesting.
Following the marked hiking routes and accompanied by expert local guides, you will be able to observe houses from that period, a small temple hidden among the undergrowth, and the key piece of the visit, the pyramidal castle dedicated to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility, an enormous 17 meters tall structure found in the middle of a jungle clearing. It is said that babies used to be brought to this temple to be blessed by the goddess. The settlement was ultimately abandoned due to drought.
To complete the visit, it is recommended to take a boat trip on the Muyil lagoon and travel the channels, between mangroves, which connect it with the neighbouring Chunyaxché lagoon. A nice swim in its waters will be a refreshing end to this visit.
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