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Sayil, Yucatan Peninsula

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Sayil is a Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán, in the southwest of the state, south of Uxmal. It was incorporated together with Uxmal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.Sayil flourished principally, albeit briefly, during the Terminal Classic period. A number of badly damaged monuments suggest that Sayil was governed by a local royal dynasty, with wealth among lineages based, at least in part, upon control of the best agricultural lands.LocationThe site is located in the karst limestone hills of the Puuc region of the northern Yucatan Peninsula.Sayil is located 7km south of the contemporary Puuc archaeological site of Kabah, 5km from Xlapak and 5km from Labna. It was built in a shallow valley among low, steep hills.The Puuc region that includes the site of Sayil possesses well defined wet and dry seasons and is characterised by a near absence of surface water due to the porous limestone bedrock.PopulationSayil first was settled circa AD 800, in the Late Classic Period, possibly by small Chontal warrior groups. The city reached its greatest extent c. 900, when it covered an area of approximately 5 km² and had a population of perhaps 10,000 in the city itself with an additional 5,000–7,000 living in the surrounding area.
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  • Beautiful pink tone ruins that are not on the main tourist path. This one needs a good hour + of walking to see all of it, various structures are far apart. No one there to keep an eye on you, you are...  more »
  • Sayil You can walk behind some of the none excavated parts. Interesting building of varying styles. More walking than Kabah. 2:30 minutes. Building are far apart.  more »
  • Sayil is a Puuc site, south of Santa Elena (and between Kabah & Xlapak, Labna). If spending a day looking at Kabah & Xlapak & Labna, this place should be a short stop. It is not as re-constructed as s...  more »
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  • Very spread out, lots of walking in the jungle. Cool to see the ruins without a lot of the restoration you see at the more popular sights. Not very crowded in early afternoon.
  • Beautiful place and the best time early in the morning. You can enjoy it alone without tourists....
  • The first palace is beautiful but is the only one to really worth it. Uxmal and Kabah are much more beautiful
  • It is ok. Those ruins have not been touched and are really in the jungle. If you are passing by, stop, otherwise, in my opinion they are not worth a deviation.
  • Incredible place not to be missed in the ruta Maya travel
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