The 8 Best Pyramids in Mexico and How to See Them

La Iglesia and El Castillo, Coba (Quintana Roo)

Coba is home to two impressive pyramids, La Iglesia and El Castillo. The site is located just over two hours by car from Cancún and 45 minutes from Tulum. Visitors can hire guides at the entrance to the ruins

Castillo de Kukulcán, Chichén Itzá (Yucatan)

The Castillo de Kukulcán is the centerpiece of Chichén Itzá, a Mayan city known for its astronomical significance. Tours to Chichén Itzá are common, as it's located halfway between Cancún and Mérida

Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal (Yucatan)

Uxmal features structures built in the Puuc style, including the Pyramid of the Magician. It's about a 70-minute drive from Mérida to Uxmal, making it easily accessible for a day trip.

Pyramid of the Inscriptions, Palenque (Chiapas)

Palenque boasts elegant architectural designs, with the Pyramid of the Inscriptions being a standout feature. The site is now easily accessible with the opening of the Palenque airport in 2014, offering flights from Mexico City.

Great Pyramid of La Venta (Tabasco)

La Venta is home to Mexico's oldest known pyramid, dating back to around 900 B.C.E. The site is located about 90 minutes by car from Villahermosa, Tabasco's capital city, which is accessible via daily direct flights from Mexico City.

Monte Albán Pyramids (Oaxaca)

Monte Albán served as the capital of the Zapotec civilization and offers truncated pyramids and tombs to explore. It's only five miles from the city center of Oaxaca, making it easy to reach by bus or taxi.

Pyramid of the Niches, El Tajin (Veracruz)

El Tajin features unique architectural elements, including the Pyramid of the Niches. While remote, it's accessible from the coastal city of Veracruz, about a four-hour drive away. Day trips from Veracruz are available through tour operators.

Great Pyramid of Cholula (Puebla)

The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the largest pyramid in terms of volume and is located just outside Puebla. Visitors can access some restored sections and explore the surrounding ancient city, easily reached by taxi or rideshare from Puebla.