Where The Sky Was Born

Mexico, Yucatán


The absolute highlight of the trip is floating on the lazy river, which connects two lagoons at the back of the ruins. Muyil is about 20 minutes' drive south of Tulum.


 

Muyil Ruins (Ruins)

Muyil was settled by the Maya around 300 BC, centuries before its trading partners Chichén Itzá, Tulum or Cobá. You will certainly feel its age here. Called Chunyaxché by the locals, Muyil was an important port, connected to the sea through two lagoons, called Muyil and Chunyaxché. The lagoons provided protection to the port. It was the place of seafaring traders and pilgrims and it was part of an intricate network of trade routes. Temples and shrines were built on the coast for rituals and at the same time as reference points for sailors.

Sian Ka'an Float (Hammocks)

The trip is often referred to as Muyil float because the lagoons begin at the back of the ruins. The lagoons were connected with each other via a canal and then with Boca Paila on the coast through a river.

The boatmen are ready for visitors on the shore of the lake. You can approach them at the end of the ruins visit. The jungle walk on wooden boards starts behind the pyramid El Castillo. It takes about 15 minutes. There is also a dirt road off the main highway for those who want to avoid the jungle walk. The boatmen will take you across the two lagoons to Xlahpak point (an ancient toll booth) where the float on the lazy river begins. The float takes half an hour. When you float, try to imagine the Mayan boatmen on this river in their canoes full of cocoa, salt, cotton, stingray spines, shells, jade and quetzal feathers. After the float, you will walk about 20 minutes on wooden boards via the wetlands. This trip is for the fit ones!