Mayapan – The last Maya Capital in the Yucatan

Mayapan is one of the largest Maya sites on the north-west part of the Yucatan peninsula, about 24 miles southeast of the city of Merida. The site is surrounded by many cenotes, and by a fortified wall which enclosed more than 4000 buildings, covering an area of ca. 1.5 square miles. In the Late Postclassic, from AD 1250 to 1450 after the decline of Chichén Itzá, Mayapan rose as the political capital of a Maya kingdom that ruled over northern Yucatan. It was the last capital of a Maya kingdom in the Yucatan.

It is relatively unknown to most tourist, when I arrived there was only one other family there and they soon left so I had the place to myself, a welcome change from the crowded sites of Tulum and Chichén Itzá.

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