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Uncover the mysteries of the Yucatán at one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mayan world. Uxmal, which means "built three times" in the Mayan language, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient city is one of the most well-preserved and maintained ruins in the Yucatan and only 50 miles southwest of Mérida.
Uxmal’s Puuc-style buildings are characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, and are decorated with rich sculptural elements and details. With fewer tourists than Chichén Itzá and no vendors inside the gates, Uxmal offers visitors the chance to leisurely take in serene and majestic wonders like the Pyramid of the Magician, the Governor’s Palace, and the Nunnery — and even climb the Grand Pyramid.
- By car: Uxmal is located 50 miles (80 km) from Mérida, about a one-hour drive south on Highway 261.
- By tour bus: Tours originating from Mérida are available for purchase online and from local travel agents.
Cost of admission is 210 pesos* (about $11 USD), including the light and sound show. Note that admission is split into two fees, one state and one federal, and visitors need to pay both. Personal guides are available for hire onsite for 700 pesos (about $40 USD).
Open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and again at 7:00 p.m. (fall and winter) and 8:00 p.m. (spring and summer) for its spectacular light and sound show.
- Protect yourself from the elements. Be sure to bring a hat, some sunscreen and good walking shoes.
- Bring a camera. The buildings at Uxmal are very photogenic.
- Make a day of it. After exploring the pyramids, cool off in the waters of Cenote X Batun. Then return in the evening for the magical light and sound show.
- Stay the night. Mix luxury with culture at Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum to ensure you arrive at Uxmal rested and ready to take in the sights.
* Admission price and times subject to change. Check with the local tourism office prior to visiting.