Yucatan Peninsula

From: Mexico Travel Guide

See also: Chichen ItzaYucatan Peninsula

The impressive ruins of the Mayan city of Uxmal contain several important structures, that are of great archaeological and cultural significance.

Covering a vast area of around 150 acres there is plenty to see here from the enormous Pyramid of the Magician with its unique rounded sides to the Nunnery Quadrangle which contains striking stone mosaic work along with masks of the rain god Chaac.

One of the most impressive structures within Uxmal is the Governor's Palace which contains a beautiful mosaic facade, along with several more sculptures within the interior, which include those of serpents and of the rain god Chaac. Another notable structure at Uxmal is the simple but charming Turtle Pyramid which is adorned with small turtle statues.

There are certain buildings within Uxmal that are off limits for visitors who visit the site to climb on such as the Pyramid of the Magician but this does not take away the fascination or enormity of these truly unique structures.

Uxmal has a visitor center at the entrance which also contains a small museum, shop and products from local vendors. Most evenings there is a colourful light and sound show held within the grounds which is also well worth a viewing.

Uxmal is located around 50 miles to the south of the city of Merida within Mexico's Yucatan state.

Travel Guide
There are regular bus services that travel from Merida to Uxmal.

Guided Tours
The visitor center has plenty of guides available that can show you around this impressive archaeological site, alternatively you can explore at your leisure. It is advisable to arrive early after the site opens to avoid the crowds and allow yourself a whole day to really give this site the time it deserves.