Aké Ruins and Hacienda
Thanks to poor public transport links between Mérida and Aké, the Aké Ruins and Hacienda remain overlooked by many visitors to the Yucatán Peninsula. However, this means they offer a more tranquil alternative to the region’s other archaeological points of interest. Save yourself the hassle of arranging transportation and explore the Aké Ruins and Hacienda in just a couple of hours on a private tour. Such tours typically include a stop in nearby Izamal.
Things to Know Before You Go
Prepare to spend two to three hours exploring the Aké Ruins and Hacienda.
Make sure to bring cash as nearby stores, vendors, and attractions are unlikely to accept card payments.
There are on-site bathrooms at the Aké Ruins and Hacienda, but beyond that facilities are limited.
The Aké Ruins and Hacienda may not be fully accessible for wheelchair users due to uneven ground.
How to Get There
The Aké Ruins and Hacienda are situated in the town of Aké, some 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Mérida and are easily accessible via private vehicle. Follow Highway 180 to the town of Tahmek before taking a left turn on the Tixkokub-Sotuta road towards Aké. Alternatively, save the hassle of making your own way there by opting for a tour which includes round-trip transportation.
When to Get There
The Aké Ruins and Hacienda are open year-round from the mid-morning to the late afternoon. Shade is limited throughout the archaeological site, so avoid the worst of the day’s heat by visiting in the morning or just before closing time.
Other Archaeological Sites Around Mérida
Mérida, the capital city of Yucatán state, is surrounded by dozens of archaeological sites which will delight both history buffs and casual visitors alike. Chichén Itzá is easily the region’s best-known ruin, but if you’d rather visit an archaeological site with fewer crowds, be sure to stop by Uxmal. Meanwhile, Dzibilchaltún and its Mayan People Museum is a quieter alternative still.
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