The principal structure of Mayapan is a pyramid that is reminiscent of the great Temple of Kukulkán in Chichén Itzá. The staircase has not been completely restored, but there were no signs that prohibited climbing the pyramid, so I carefully made my way to the top.
From the top there is an excellent view of the ruins and the flat landscape of the Yucatán.
Next to the pyramid is a round structure (unusual in Mayan architecture) which is a smaller copy of the Observatory at Chichén Itzá.
The ruins display less artistic skill than is seen the older cities. There are, however, some carvings on the walls, as well as masks of Chac, the rain god, a typical feature of the Mayan sites of the Yucatán.
In 1441 Mayapan was sacked and burned by a rival tribe of Mayans, and, by the time that the Spanish arrived, it had been long abandoned.
Mayapan is certainly not at the top of the list of Mayan sites to see in the Yucatán, but for those interested in archaeology, it makes an interesting excursion. And, if you are weary of the crowds at Chichén Itzá, you will find that you will have have the ruins of Mayapan almost to yourself!