Uxmal is worth the visit to Yucatan. This city of ancient Mayans is the greatest architectural example of combination of astronomical knowledge and engineering, an authentic architectural jewel.

La archaeological zone of Uxmal It is one of the most impressive ancient Mayan cities that you can visit today. We are in front of one of the great architectural jewels of the ancient Maya.

The Uxmal archaeological zone was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by Unesco in 1996. In its splendor it is estimated that some 20.00 inhabitants lived. For us Uxmal is an unforgettable walk, one of the most impressive ancient Mayan cities in all of Mexico.

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Uxmal Fortune Teller Pyramid


Uxmal is an architectural beauty, it is impressive to walk between the walls of this ancient Mayan city. You assume the beauty and spectacularity that this city possessed in its splendor with its sense of geometry, the alignments, the elaborate decorations, the harmony in the construction and the logical distribution of the buildings.

The entire city is faced according to its cosmogony, with the Sun as the main actor, as is often appreciated in the elaborate architecture of all times.

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Uxmal Governor's Palace
Details of the Temple of the Fortuneteller
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Uxmal is the authentic architectural jewel of the puuc route, one of the several known architectural styles of the Mayan civilization. Other Mayan architectural styles are the Río Bec, Sudoriental, Petén central, Usumacinta, chenes or eastern coast.

La route puuc is configured by the archaeological zones from Acanceh, Oxtintok, Xlapak, Sayil, Labná, Kabah and Uxmal, the jewel of the puuc.

How to walk the Puuc route in Yucatan

The area known as puke (in maya means hill, turkey o loma), is a region of the Yucatan Peninsula with hills whose altitude reaches about 300 meters, a record for the practically flat Peninsula.

These geological properties of the region puke They do not form the famous cenotes here, the caves and caverns are above sea level and are dry, like the nearby grotto of Loltún.

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Hill of the Sierrita de Ticul


The cenotes, among other things, they were used as wells of fresh water, cities were built near them.

Here at the puuc area Rainwater is collected in other ways: in natural containers or warehouses filled with rainwater filtered between the walls of the caves, or by making underground wells where they stored the water, the so-called chultunes in maya

En Uxmal you have the chance to see a chultún near the entrance of the enclosure.

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Chultun of the Palace of the Governor of Uxmal. INAH font


So you can locate yourself with the map and directions that the INAH the first thing you will see entering the archaeological zone of Uxmal It is the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, one of the essentials: it is point C. Our opinion is that going up to the Great Pyramid (number 9 on the map) is also a must because of the views it gives of the enclosure.

A short visit takes you through points A, B and C. To soak up and savor the place we recommend you take a walk. In the more distant groups such as the North or Northeast Group, as well as the Chimez Temple or the Old house, you will be alone.

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The logical meaning of the visit to UxmaHe is to start, once the chultún, through the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, the Quadrangle of the Nuns and then head towards the Palacio de Gobernación and the Great Pyramid. The views from both places are unmissable, so make the effort and climb as much as you can. On one side of the Great Pyramid you have the beautiful area of ​​Palomar.

Once in the Palomar area there are paths that lead you to other groups such as the Cemetery Group and the Platform. Around here you will find small treasures along the way that make you feel somewhat adventurous, at least to some little minds. This area is the least visited of the enclosure.

In the enclosure, between the main buildings and squares, there are many nooks and crannies and minor buildings where you can get into, entertain and admire through the natural windows the constant harmony that is breathed in Uxmal, exquisite geometries.

I leave the images and shut up because I think it's fair. I hope you find the time to visit this city.

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Pyramid of the Fortuneteller
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View of the Palace and the Great Pyramid from the Quadrangle of the Nuns
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View pyramid Adivino from the Palacio de Gobernación
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Views from the Great Pyramid
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Quadrangle of the Nuns
Dovecote Uxmal
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The cemetery

Uxmal 2020 Price

Discover Uxmal as you like, with a guide or at your leisure, but don't miss it. Photography lovers will enjoy the geometries, these fantastic Mayans offer many looks.

This area really is the best thing of the Peninsula, where you find many treasures and good tourist services, without being overcrowded.

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Uxmal, like the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá, offers a light and sound show. This show is at dusk, once the doors of the venue are closed.

  • LOCATION OF THE SHOW: it is done within the Uxmal enclosure, in the area known as the Quadrangle of the Nuns. There the chairs are arranged, and without numbering, one attends the show.
  • SCHEDULE: 8:00 pm in summer time (from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October) and at 7:00 pm in winter time. Every day they do the Uxmal sound and light show.
  • NATIONAL PRICE: 66 pesos.
  • FOREIGN PRICE: 103 pesos.
  • PARKING PAY: 80 pesos per car
  • SPECIAL CONDITIONS: pensioners, people over 60, under 13, retirees, people with disabilities, students. Exempt from payment to Light and Sound: children under 13 and people with disabilities.


We have attended the show on several occasions and we are not captivated in the least. Being pretty, it stays just that, in something minimal that could be much more moving. A voiceover, with a strong Spanish accent from Spain, summarizes the history of Uxmal and the importance of Chaac, god of rain and water in general. All narrated as parts of the main buildings light up.

Being beautiful for the simple fact of seeing the room at night and illuminated, the explanation and the rhythm of the lights do not have much grace. And if we also compare it with the light and sound show at Chichén Itzá, it loses a lot. The one in Chichén, being much more expensive, we do recommend it.

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Uxmal sound and light show
Illuminated Uxmal venue for the show


As always from this blog we try to recommend what we know and find interesting for you. One option is to stay in one of the hotels near Uxmal, and use them as a base point to travel this area of ​​the Puuc route and the Convent route.

  • We stayed to sleep in the Hacienda Uxmal, one of the magnificent options you have. We loved the place and the activities that the accommodation itself offers, you can stay a couple of nights perfectly.
  • Another option is the magnificent Uxmal Lodge that we also visited, just a few steps from the archaeological zone,
  • or the cheapest House of the Wizard.

Really, staying in this quiet place a few meters from Uxmal in this peaceful jungle is luxurious. I would spend at least a couple of days in the area of Uxmal, the puuc route and the convents. This cultural menu with haciendas, cenotes and towns to meet artisans and customs makes it the most complete areas to travel in Yucatan.

Do not miss Uxmaand it you are made of stones, is a gift on your trip through Yucatan. Uxmal is one of the great pre-Hispanic archaeological zones that you will not want to miss in Mexico.

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Uxmal, archaeological site

LOCATION: Uxmal is located at 78 kilometers south of Mérida (1h15 "). It is inside the Puuc Route
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. Last entry at 16:30. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance. Uxmal offers a sound and light show: at 20pm in summer-autumn and at 19pm in winter-spring. A guide in Uxmal for an hour and a half costs 700 pesos, groups of 10. Other languages ​​800 pesos.
PRICE ENTRY: national and resident 176 mxn, foreigner 413 mxn. There are two payments in Uxmal: the Patronato de Cultur 101 mxn for nationals, 338 mxn for foreigners, and the INAH payment, which is 75 mxn. Sundays Nationals and permanent residents with official identification pay the 74 mxn of Cultur. On Sundays, the INAH entrance is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to the archaeological sites is free every day for children under 13 years of age, students, teachers and seniors with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? There is a bus that makes the puuc route from Mérida with a stop in Uxmal. Departure at 8 am every Sunday. From the CAME terminal on 69 street between 68 and 70 in the center of Mérida they depart at 6:00, 9:05, 10:40, 12:05 and 14:35 hrs. Price 70.00 pesos per passenger. It takes 1 hours.
ACCOMMODATION: In addition to the hotels named in the article on foot of Uxmal, you will find accommodation in most villages in the area such as the great Santa Elena, Oxkutzcab, Tecoh or Ticul. I recommend a few days in this area, travel calmly, this is how we best observe.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes better to climb the pyramid and some water will go well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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