Xlapak Mayan Ruin

Photo Credit: © Dennis Jarvis CC BY

Xlapak is one of the smaller Maya sites in the Mexican Caribbean, and is believed to date back to the Late to Terminal Classic periods. Excavation of the property began in the beginning of the 20th century, but there was little follow through, and archeologists again took up the task in 1965, though not much progress was made.

What to Expect

Xlapak has been divided into two groups. Group One features the Palace while Group 2 is decorated with columns.

Xlapak is located in a flat valley surrounded by hills, and is indeed the only topographical feature of the peninsula.

Staying Close

Xlapak Mayan Ruin is located in the Riviera Maya, which means those visiting this area of the Yucatan Peninsula will have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. Although this location isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you'll still find a reasonably good selection of lodgings to choose from.

Hotels near Xlapak Mayan Ruin
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Boca Paila Fishing Lodge Lodge 5.9 mi. (20.2 km) ESE
Amansala Resort 7.9 mi. (8.6 km) NE
Las Ranitas Lodge 8.1 mi. (8.3 km) NE
Suenos Tulum Lodge 8.3 mi. (7.8 km) NE

Location and What's Nearby

The neighborhood immediately around Xlapak Mayan Ruin isn't what you could be called well-known for its selection of dining options, but guests willing to explore may come across a place to eat some local food. Memories Cafe is an easy to reach café and also the closest restaurant.



A tour of Xlapak is free.

Contact Information

Location: the Riviera Maya, Mexico


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