Sayil, which translates as “the Place of Ants”, is an ancient Mayan archaeological site found in the Yucatan Peninsula and was incorporated, together with neighboring Uxmal, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Although smaller and more serene than some of the more famous Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza and Tulum, this little locale has quietly developed into one of the best archaeological sites in Mexico.
Sayil is believed to have been initially inhabited around 600 AD, reaching its height between 700 and 1000 AD. It is estimated that the city had a population of over 9,000 people during that time. Some of its more important attractions include the Grand Palace, which back in the day had approximately 85 rooms, El Mirador, one of the oldest buildings on the site, and a group of beautifully carved stones with hieroglyphs which have not yet been deciphered.
Sayil offers a an excellent experience as you walk amongst its ancient structures, and the site has risen up the ranks as only one of the best things to do in Merida, situated only a short 50 miles away. Although a quick archaeological site to visit, Sayil is certainly one of the most beautiful in the region.