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Pyramids Uxmal (Yucatán)

Maya ruins Uxmal with a unique round pyramid are located on the Yucatan peninsula between the colonial cities Campeche and Mérida. Even thought Uxmal means „thrice built“, the city was actually built 5 times. The most stunning of all the structures is perhaps the tall round pyramid called Casa del Adivino (Magician´s House). According to a legend this pyramid was built overnight by a magician. Uxmal was governing to the entire neighborhood, to all the cities that we now know as Ruta Puuc. The scarcity of water meant that the face of Chaac (God of water) is on every corner. A huge scary face of Chaac is also the entrance to the temple on the top of the Magician´s House (not that you are allowed to enter). Uxmal was inhabited mainly between 600 and 900 A.D.

The whole complex makes for a very nice two to three hours walk in the lower jungle surrounding the well preserved pyramids. You have a good chance you see some iguanas and not so many tourist (thought groups come too).
What here: Right passing the entrance you will come across the back side of the Casa del Adivino. This round base pyramid has a scary steep stairway and the height of some 35 meters. But don´t worry you are not allowed to climb it. Right behind it you can see a complex called „Cuadrángulo de las Monjas“ (Nuns´Quadrangle). This name was given by the Spaniards that did not know what the 74 rooms inside it served for (todays archeologist don´t know either). Following through „Juego de Pelota“ towards „Palacio del Gobernador“ and on the top of „Gran Pirámide“, you can get a really stunning view of the entire city set in the middle of jungle.

Opens: daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance fee: 166 pesos. The price includes the entrance to the night light show, you have to pay it no matter if you go or not.


How to get here: Most second class buses between Campeche and Mérida can get you off at Uxmal. Except for the pyramids and a few rather expensive hotels, there is nothing else. The journey from Campeche takes 2 hours, from Mérida 1,5. Some travel agencies in Mérida organize trips to Uxmal and Ruta Puuc.