Mexico /May 25, 2021


The little visited Maya archaeological site of Ake is located broadly midway between Merida & Izamal in the largely rural Tixkokob municipality.

Pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Ake

Relatively little is known about the site, including its original Maya name. The word Ake comes from Yucatec Maya and translates as ‘place of reeds’.

What we do know is that Ake dates back to the Early Classic Period (roughly 250 – 550 AD), making it significantly older than the Yucatan Peninsula’s best known Maya ruins at nearby Chichen Itza.

Beyond The Ordinary arrange fully bonded, tailor made holidays and tours to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Contact one of our experts on 01580 764796, email or contact us via our website.

From a visitor point of view, the most notable difference (apart from their size that is – Chichen Itza is multiple times larger) is in their construction.

As with most, older sites, the main building at Ake, aka Structure One, consists of large stones built up gradually while those at Chichen Itza are smaller and rise much more steeply.

The other, most notable feature of Ake are the remains of a sacbe, the name given to the network of roads that criss-crossed the Yucatan Peninsula. The remains of the sacbe that you see at Ake linked it with nearby Izamal.

While Ake can’t compete in scale or grandeur with the likes of Chichen Itza, Uxmal or Calakmul, its location makes it a convenient and quick detour on most Yucatan Peninsula itineraries while the lack of visitors is a further, welcome attribute. Don’t be surprised if you have the ruins to yourself!

It is also possible to combine two of the great highlights of a holiday to the Yucatan Peninsula (visiting Maya ruins and staying in a colonial hacienda hotel) by staying at Hacienda Ticum (pictured below) which borders Ake.

All Beyond The Ordinary holidays are entirely tailor made so, if you wish to visit one Maya site or ten, we can advise you on the most suitable itinerary and accommodation.

To discuss your plans and requirements, simply give us a call on 01580 764796 or, if you prefer, drop us an email on

Bright red building at Hacienda Ticum in Izamal

Travel Beyond The Ordinary





Share this

Financial Protection

You’re in safe hands

When making your travel arrangements, we understand just how important peace-of-mind is. Beyond The Ordinary hold both ATOL & ABTOT bonds so whether you book your flights through us, or independently, any money you pay us is 100% protected. More detailed information on Financial Protection can be found by clicking here.

Beach Holiday Footer

Make your next holiday Beyond The Ordinary

Whichever of our featured countries you wish to visit, we've been there several times. So, if you're after something beyond the ordinary to Cuba, Guatemala or the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, we'd love to hear from you.

Plan my Extraordinary