The Puuc Route is the perfect excuse to get to know the interior of Yucatan, visiting Mayan settlements with the most exquisite architectural style: puuc 

The one known as Puuc Route It is an area that aggravates different archaeological zones of the same Mayan architectural style. It is a very interesting area also for those who like history and town. A few days around here and you will get to know the Yucatecan soul.

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How to travel the puuc route?

There are 3 basic ways to travel the area:

  • CAR RENTAL: many travelers dare to drive through the tranquil Yucatan Peninsula. At your own pace and you get everywhere. If you decide to do it on your own, I recommend you stay a couple of days or more in this area, much to discover.
  • TOUR WITH AGENCY: from Mérida travel agencies offer tours to different settlements of the puuc. They are one day tours.
  • COLLECTIVE TRANSPORT: From Mérida, buses depart from the bus station on Calle 69 between 68 and 70, a bus leaves that runs along the Puuc Route. It leaves at 8am and returns at 16pm on Sundays.

From Merida they offer this tour on the Puuc route

What vestiges form the route puuc?

Basically the archaeological zones that form this route are Xlapak, Sayil, Labná, Kabah and Uxmal, the jewel of the puuc. Oxkintok and Acanceh is also part of this Puuc Route, although they are somewhat further away.

All of them were joined by sacba (White road in Yucatec Maya), facilitating communication and trade between the different cities. The network of roads along the Maya territory is impressive.

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Walking through the sacbé of Labná

What is the puuc style

All these old cities share a common and own architecture, the puuc style. For many the most exquisite, elaborate and careful among all Mayan styles.

Others Mayan architectural styles, marked according to times and territory, are the Bec River, Southeast, central Petén, Usumacinta, Chenes, eastern coast.

How to travel and what to see on the Puuc 1 Route

Puuc archeological zones

If you like stones Visiting this area will excite you. In addition to the beautiful walks among nature that these enclosures offer you, you will find details, buildings or recesses that will catch you. For me, visits to archeological sites is part of the tourism of culture and nature.

Uxmal it is a must, Sayil It has an amazing main building, Kabah it is a richness in details and history, in Labna you find one of the most notorious arcs of the Mayan civilization, Xlapak It has a nice walk between buildings to discover.

How to travel and what to see on the Puuc 2 Route
Archaeological site Xlapak, Puuc Route, Yucatan, Mexico

How to complement the Puuc Route?

MUSEUM OF COCOA: near the Uxmal area you will find the Eco-Museo del Cacao. Cacao is one of the original products of the region, the drink of the Mayan elites in ancient times.

Mayan glyph of cocoa

LAS GRUTAS DE LOLTÚN: this area is also called puke (In the Mayan language it means hill or hill), because it is defined by several hills whose altitude reaches about 300 meters: a record for the practically flat Yucatan peninsula. These geological properties of the region puke They do not form the famous cenotes here, but rather incredible dry caves such as those of Loltún, Tzabnah or those of Tekax.

The underground is a world to explore, you will understand the special geological characteristics of the area.

How to travel and what to see on the Puuc 3 Route
Grutas de Loltún

ROUTE OF THE CONVENTS: The Route of the convents in this area was where the colonizer settled most strongly, and in each town there is at least one church. The Route of the Convents offers us some of the most relevant places for its history such as Maní, Chumayel or Teabo, Umán, Muna, Chumayel, Oxkutzcab, Santa Elena, Ticul.


Do you think renting a car?

Traveling by car the Puuc Route is the best option because of the ease it gives you in an area with little local transport.

I recommend you book your car online months before, especially if you travel in peak times such as Christmas, Easter or summer. They tend to increase prices as the date approaches, just as it happens with airline tickets. You do not need an 4 × 4 to travel the area. If you have any questions write us and we try to solve.

Book from this Rentalcars link directly with them, they give you the comparison of prices between companies and opinions of other customers.

 Where to sleep in the Ruta Puuc:

In most towns you find where to sleep. For my part, I have a devotion to Santa Elena as a base camp for the area. In Ticul and Oxkutzcab you find lodgings, and in the vicinity of Uxmal. You have the possibility of sleeping in a Hacienda, some of them renovated in luxury hotels. Yaxcopoil and Sotuta de Paón are some possibilities.

I leave the offers of accommodation in the Uxmal area if you are interested in staying in the area.

A few days populating around here and you can meet the affable Yucatec Maya. This area is an authentic delight, here you will live your authentic Yucatan.

How to travel and what to see on the Puuc 4 Route

The Puuc route, archaeological site

LOCATION:The Puuc Route is located about 80 kilometers south of the city of Mérida.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: the archaeological zones open from 8 to 17 daily hours. There are services at the entrances to the archaeological zones.
PRICE ENTRY: less Uxmal, which costs 218 pesos for foreigners and 154 pesos for nationals, the others are about 53 mxn. On Sundays the entrance of the INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archeological sites is free every day for children under 13, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?From Mérida, the ADO station on 69 Street between 68 and 70 leaves a collective that runs along the Puuc Route. Go to the 8 and return to the 16.
Ruta puuc schedules
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, closed and comfortable shoes to climb structures and protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well.

Good way,

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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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