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Exploring the Uxmal Ruins on Ruta Puuc

Where in Mexico is Uxmal Located?

Uxmal is located 62 kilometres or about 38.5 miles south of Merida. Merida is just 22 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. It is about a 6 hour drive from the Riviera Maya (Cancun, PDC, Tulum).

To the east of Uxmal, about 90 miles, is Chichén Itzá and Mayapan is just 25 miles (40 km) Northeast. By road, it is some 50 miles (80 km) south of Mérida. Uxmal was designated a World Heritage site in 1996. Merida is the state of Yucatan’s capital city. 

To the east is the state of Quintana Roo where the Riviera Maya and Cancun (238 miles away) are located. The map on the left is a Google Map and you can click it, scroll in or scroll out.  

What is the average temperature and terrain in Uxmal?

The average temperature in the Merida/Uxmal area in January is 63 to 87 degrees fahrenheit.  May seems to be one of the hottest months with a low to high range of 71 to 97 degrees. The rainiest months are July, August and September. April and May are the sunniest and hottest months. December and January are the coolest. Located just 30 feet above sea level the area is flat and jungle. The main ruins are about 150 acres or 60 hectares. The surrounding area has remnants of a residential area that surrounded the temples and city center.  

What does it cost to enter the Uxmal Ruins?

There are two fees for entrance to the main park area. There is the park fee and the state fee.  The total for both should be under 200 Pesos, or about $8 USD. Opening hours are from 8 am to 5 pm daily. If you opt in for a certified tour from Viator the fees are most likely included along with transportation.

Can you climb any of the ruins at Uxmal?

Yes, you can climb most of the structure or ruins at Uxmal. Many tourists spend the day at Chichen Itza thinking they will be climbing a pyramid, but there is no climbing at Chichen Itza. You can also climb many of the other ruins along Ruta Puuc.

What languages are spoken in the area?

The primary language is Spanish, but the Maya language is well preserved and is unique to this part of the world. There are many words that are spoken here, but nowhere else. Many schools now teach English as a second language and communication will not be difficult in the city of Merida.

 

Where in Mexico is Uxmal Located?

Uxmal is located 62 kilometres or about 38.5 miles south of Merida.  Merida is just 22 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.  It is about a 6 hour drive from the Riviera Maya (Cancun, PDC, Tulum).

To the east of Uxmal about 90 miles is Chichén Itzá and Mayapan is just 25 miles (40 km) Northeast.  By road, it is some 50 miles (80 km) south of  Mérida.  Uxmal was designated a World Heritage site in 1996.  Merida is the state of Yucatan’s capital city. 

To the east is the state of Quintana Roo where the Riviera Maya and Cancun (238 miles away) are located.  The map on the left is a Google Map and you can click it, scroll in or scroll out.  

More Facts about Uxmal:

  • The name Uxmal in Mayan means thrice built or three times built.
  • The ruins at Uxmal are noted for their size and building decorations.
  • There has been preservation to this site but very little archaeological excavation or research has been done.
  • At Uxmal’s height there estimated population was 20,000.
  • The Uxmal buildings are typical of the Puuc style.
  • There is a Mayan story called the story of  “The Dwarf-Wizard of Uxmal”.
  • Uxmal was referred to as the “invisible city,” built in one night by the magic of the dwarf king.
  • Nearby settlements of Kabah, Labná and Sayil.
  • They worshiped Chac, the God of Rain.
  • There were no cenotes at Uxmal.

What tours & excursions are available to Uxmal?

  • Private Tour to Uxmal with Access to Hacienda Uxmal and Lodge
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  • Description:Feel the luxury and comfort of a unique private guided tour to Uxmal's Archaeological Site especially designed for you. Begin this activity at your time of choice and enjoy round-trip private transportation service aboard a Mercedes Benz vehicle. Plus, yo
  • Price: $61.50
  • Progreso Shore Excursion: Uxmal Day Trip
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  • Description:Embark on a shore excursion to Uxmal – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – when your cruise ship docks in Progreso. Explore one of the Yucatan’s most significant Mayan cities with a professional guide and learn about Puuc architectural styles
  • Price: $99.00
  • Uxmal Light and Sound Show from Merida
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  • Description:Experience the wonders of the ancient Maya by both day and night on an Uxmal sound and light tour from Merida. Take a guided tour of the Nunnery Quadrangle, Pyramid of the Magician and Governor's Palace at Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn ab
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  • Uxmal and Kabah Cultural and Archaeological Day Trip
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  • Description: Enjoy a day trip to Uxmal which is one of the greatest Mayan ceremonial centers in the Yucatan Peninsula. You'll admire the well decorated buildings and learn more about the Maya culture and its importance. Your tour includes entrance fees, a professiona
  • Price: $57.00
  • Uxmal Tour with Light and Sound Show
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  • Description: Enjoy a tour of Uxmal archaeological site combined with a light and sound show at the end. Your guide will explain the history of the archaeological monuments, such as the Pyramid of the Magician as you watch a breathtaking show. Your tour includes trans
  • Price: $65.00
  • Uxmal and Kabah Day Trip from Merida
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  • Description:Uncover the mysteries of the Yucatan as you explore two significant archeological sites with a local guide – Kabah and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uxmal. Learn about the Puuc architectural styles of the ancient Maya at spectacular pyramids and buil
  • Price: $89.00
  • 2-Day Uxmal Tour from Merida
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  • Description:Discover the architectural marvel of Uxmal, one of the largest and most significant of the ancient Mayan cities on the Yucatan Peninsula! This overnight trip from Merida takes you on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – including the Pyrami
  • Price: $171.00
  • Private Tour: Uxmal and Sotuta de Peon with Lunch
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  • Description:Enjoy this private day tour from Merida which will take you to Uxmal archaeological site accompanied by your expert guide and continue to Hacienda Sotuta de Peon to revive the Henequen era of Yucatan. Experience this tour in the best way possible. Your
  • Price: $118.00
  • Private Tour to Uxmal and cenote with hacienda Yaxcopoil
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  • Description:Enjoy this private day tour from Merida which will take you to a great Yucatan Route. Starting by visiting Uxmal archaeological site accompanied by your expert guide. Continue to Choco-story Museum, a cenote and the Hacienda Yaxcopoil. Experience this tou
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  • Uxmal and Kabah Tour from Merida
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  • Description:Enjoy a tour to two main archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula: Uxmal and Kabah. Accompanied by a professional guide, you'll tour these places and discover all about the richness of the Maya civilization. As you arrive, enjoy the tranquility of th
  • Price: $39.00
  • Uxmal and Chocolate Factory From Merida
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  • Description:Enjoy a journey where you will be transported through time discovering the wonders of a spectacular ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, accompanied by a visit to know one of the most exquisite, delicious and prestigious beverage: "the chocolate" considerate as a
  • Price: $97.00
  • Full-Day Expedition To Uxmal and Ride In A Vintage Land Rover
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  • Description: Become an authentic expeditionary in this exciting shared tour that combines culture with adventure. Visit what was once one of the most important cities of the Mayan civilization, Uxmal. After your visit, you can enjoy the surroundings your own way as t
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  • Private Tour to Uxmal and Kabah from Merida
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  • Description:Enjoy a private tour to two main archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula: Uxmal and Kabah. Accompanied by a professional guide, you'll tour these places and discover all about the richness of the Maya civilization. As you arrive, enjoy the tranquil
  • Price: $62.39
  • Uxmal & Choco - Story Museum Ticket
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  • Description: Learn about the ancient ruins of Uxmal and its important role in the Mayan culture, also you will know how chocolate has been worked for hundreds of years visiting the Choco-Story museum. Enjoy of the Hacienda Uxmal Resort facilities to take rest, eat or
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  • Uxmal Ruins Entrance Ticket
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  • Description:Uxmal is an ancient Maya city which you should visit during your stay in Yucatán. Declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1996, it is only 78 km from Mérida, about a one-hour drive south on Highway 261, past the town of Muna. Its name comes from "Oxmal" whic
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  • Amazing caves Loltún and Uxmal
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  • Description: (Minimun 4 people are required to booking) Departure at 07:30 hrs at your hotel. Arrival at the Caves Loltún at 11:30  approx. the guide will buy entry tickets for all groups (not included). will visit for 2 hours with free time. will visit with a s
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  • Uxmal - Kabah Mystical Archeological Sites
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  • Description: Departure at 09:00 hrs at your hotel. Arrival at the Archaeological site at 11:00 in Uxmal approx. the guide will buy entry tickets for all groups (not included). will visit for 2 hours with free time. After that will go to Kabah will visit for 40 minu
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  • Uxmal Amazing Show Light And Sound
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  • Description: Departure at 13:00 hrs at your hotel. Arrival at the Archaeological site at 14:30 in Uxmal approx. the guide will buy entry tickets for everyone (not included). will visit for 2 hours with free time. After that will go to restaurant, a delicious typical
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What are some of the ruins found at Uxmal?

At the main tourist entrance is the pyramid of the Magician, 3 story pyramid.  At it’s highest point it is 90.5 feet tall.  There are 4 smaller buildings containing 74 rooms.  These were most likely for servants or soldiers.  There are other structures like the Governor’s Palace, House of Turtles, Great Pyramid, House of the Pigeons, South Temple, the Cemetery, House of the Old Woman and the North Group. 

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What are some additional resources about the Uxmal Archaeological Site?

Have you been to the Mayan Ruins of Uxmal? What did you discover and learn duting your trip there? What would you recommend to others?

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