Those who are enamored with Yucatán and the ancient Maya may want to take a 42-km (26-mi) detour east of Ticul (or 43 km from Mérida) to Mayapán, the last of the major city-states on the peninsula that flourished during the postclassic era. It was demolished in 1450, presumably by war. It's thought that the city, with an architectural style reminiscent of Uxmal, was as big as Chichén Itzá, and there are more than 4,000 mounds, which might lend truth to this. At its height, the population could have been well more than 12,000. A half dozen mounds have been excavated, including the palaces of Mayan royalty and the temple of the benign god Kukulcán, where stucco sculptures and murals in vivid reds and oranges have been uncovered. The Mayapán ruins are located a few miles south of the town of Telchaquillo, about 25 miles south of Mérida. Be sure you head toward the Mayapán ruins, and not the town of Mayapán, since they are far apart.
- Address: Off road to left before Telchaquillo (follow signs), Ticul, Yucatán
- Cost: $4
- Hours: Daily 8–5
- Location: Ticul