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Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins

by Spicie Foodie on January 12, 2014

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Hola amigos! Today I have a very special treat that, though you can’t eat, it’s a feast for your eyes. One of our favourite activities here is, of course, walking on the beach. On this walk a last minute detour away from the water lead us to the Xaman-Ha Mayan ruins. You can imagine our excitement seeing the archaeological site right before our eyes. This was the first time hubby and I have ever seen Mayan ruins.

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Nestled between light jungle, luxury living complexes and just meters away from the beach lay the Xaman-Ha (meaning waters of the north) Mayan ruins. They are located right in Playa del Carmen, only a short walk from 5th Avenue, and in the Playacar fase 1 neighbourhood.

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

These temples are the origins of the city now called Playa del Carmen. What lies now in ruins was the Mayan port from which pilgrims made their yearly voyages to the island of Cozumel. The trips across the coast were made to honour Ixchel, the goddess of the moon, medicine, health and pregnancy. Archeologist have revealed that alongside the market place there were many signs that the society was involved in agriculture, breading of animals, beekeeping, fishing and hunting.

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

On our exploration hubby and I only saw 3 temples, but while doing research I read that in fact there are a total of 8 sites in the surrounding areas. On one tourists website I also found that there are a total of 3 archaeological sites with multiple buildings. They suggest looking for the roadside markers as well as venturing into the light jungle via the pathways to see more ruins. We unfortunately missed the ones nestled in the jungle, but we will be making another trip back very soon.

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

As we made our way from one temple to another we remained in a state of awe. It is such a beautiful spot. Along the ruins you can hear exotic birds calling, spot both baby geckos and full grown iguanas, see an agouti makes it’s ways across the jungle, and see how the gentle ocean breeze sways the tree leaves back and forth. You can really imagine what the place looked like back in the days when Mayan pilgrims decided to settle here, and before the modern development.

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

Postcards from Playa: The Xaman-Ha Mayan Ruins by @SpicieFoodie | #travel #mayanruins #xamanha #mexico

If you would like to take a break from shopping, water sports and sunbathing, then you must make your own pilgrimage to the Xaman-Ha ruins. If you’re lucky you might even get the place to yourselves just like hubby and I did. There is no admissions charge, no queues, and no souvenir shop. Take in the natural beauty, be careful where you are stepping and above all be respectful of the historic human value of these sacred grounds.

in Sunday Snapshots,Travel Postcards

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eha January 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Thank you for acquainting me with a part of the world where I have never been . . . enjoyed the quick walk and shall take another one at leisure when the evening cool comes about . . .

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2 Spicie Foodie January 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

My pleasure, Eha. Perhaps one day you’ll make it over here for a visit.

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3 Eha January 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Surely do hope so . . . would love to visit Vicki up at SMA also ere catching up with everyone up in ’48-lower’ !!!!

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4 Rosa January 13, 2014 at 2:15 AM

What a beautiful place! Lovely ruins. A great place to photograph.

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 Spicie Foodie January 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Thank you Rosa!

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6 Ramona January 13, 2014 at 8:12 AM

These photos remind me of my honeymoon. We did a cruise and two of the stops were in Mexico (Costa Maya and Cozumel). We did a day trip to see Mayan ruins as well. Lovely photos. :)

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7 Spicie Foodie January 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Wow, that’s great Ramona. I’m sure it was an amazing honeymoon. Thanks!

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8 Joanne T Ferguson January 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

G’day and thanks Nancy, always enjoy learning something new!
Great photos and I enjoyed today’s view!
Cheers! Joanne

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9 Spicie Foodie January 14, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Hi Joanne! Thank you:)

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10 Ash-foodfashionparty January 13, 2014 at 8:54 PM

The place is a photographer’s delight. Looks so gorgeous.

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11 Spicie Foodie January 14, 2014 at 7:26 PM

It really is, I could have spent all day there.

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12 Daniela January 14, 2014 at 3:28 AM

Wow, this place looks heavenly!
Interesting archeological sites, gorgeous landscape and beautiful beaches.
Hope you have lots of fun!

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13 Spicie Foodie January 14, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Hi Daniela! I’m sure you can relate to having sites like this nearby. Thanks.

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14 mjskit January 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Awesome pictures Nancy of a very special place! I love visiting ruins of ancient people and have always wanted to see Mayan or Aztec ruins, but just haven’t made it down there. We have Anasazi ruins in our area and have visited many of them. I love just sitting and trying to imagine life there. Thanks for sharing!!

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15 Spicie Foodie January 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Thank you MJ! I would love to see the Anasazi ruins too.

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16 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Beautiful photos, such a scenic place to walk!

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17 Spicie Foodie January 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Thanks Laura!

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18 Sandra January 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Such lovely photos Nancy! Thanks for taking us on the adventure with you.

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19 Spicie Foodie January 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Thank you Sandra, it’s my pleasure!

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