In the middle of hills and mountains, the tropical forest surrounds an abandoned city where huge black and green iguanas can be seen sunbathing on top of pyramids and temples carved in rosy limestone.
Surrounded by more than 150 medicinal plants that can only be found in the jungle of this region, these buildings are an example of Puuc architecture, which offers geometric designs carved in stone and masks resembling the God of Rain known as Chaac.
Uxmal means “ built three times” and it is an archeological site protected by the UNESCO, as it was declared a World Cultural Heritage because of its complex and unique architecture.
The majestic, oval-shaped Adivino Pyramid, with its 5 levels and 35 meters in height, is the most visible and visited attraction of the region.
The Governor’s Palace and its 1200m2 base should also be an important visit in your tour.
The Palomas House is an extraordinary construction that deserves your undivided attention.
The Mesoamerican ballgame pitch, the Turtle House and the “Cuadrángulo de Monjas” (Monk Quadrangle) also embellish the architecture of Uxmal.
You can visit the Chocolate Museum outside of the ruins, where the history of the cacao will leave you amazed and astonished at the economic and gastronomic value that the Mayan society placed upon this delicacy.
You can also try a drink that can be obtained through the processing of the cacao grain, a drink that you can mix with pepper, cinnamon, annatto and sugar.
Do not let the opportunity to try the “Cochinita Pibil” pass, as it is one of the main traditional dishes of Yucatán, which reflect part of the Creole culture of the region.
The different forms of housing that this destination has can offer you the possibility to try horseback riding, tennis and volleyball.
begin your trip with the Puuc Route from the city of Uxmal, since the most emblematic and impressive sites of Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak and Labná are waiting to surprise you just a couple of miles away.
You can also witness the light and sound spectacle that the archeological ruins of the city of Uxmal offer and carry out.
This is a spectacle that narrates the magical legends and stories of the region’s construction.
The show can be appreciated by night, so we recommend you to bring a light sweater, since the humidity of the jungle turns the nights a bit chilly; we also recommend you to bring insect repellent if you do not wish to be bothered by tiny mosquitoes.
The event offers translations (7 languages) so it is suitable for all visitors.
Keep yourself hydrated with the traditional drink known as Pozol, which is usually accompanied with coconut and cacao.
Remember to bring comfortable footwear.
Things to see and do
tours, routes, walkways, horseback riding, cycling, swimming, tennis, volleyball.