The ruins of Uxmal are situated to the south of Mérida. Uxmal was an important city; probably built around 700 AD, although inhabitants are thought to have lived in the area as far back as 800 BC — nearly 1,000 years before the city was built.
It is a mystery as to why a settlement was ever made here: there are no rivers or local sources of water, and no evidence that they once existed. One of the features of Uxmal are the Mayan chultunes — or cisterns — which held water for the population to live from. Chaac, the rain god, features prominently in much of the architecture's carvings — no doubt an important source of water for these people.
Uxmal is a delightful archaeological site to experience, the ancient city is a half-square-mile set in rich green fertile land which provides a perfect setting for some of the most magnificent ancient pyramids, buildings and temples of the ancient world. You can sense the history here as you walk around and gaze at the stunning architecture and majestic layout of this ancient city.
The restored buildings include the curved Piramide del Adivino (Magician's Pyramid) which stands majestically above the other buildings, the palace façade of El Palomar (Dovecote) that is illuminated at the spring Equinox and the Cuadrangulo de las Monjas which if you climb up its central steps you will see the spectacular views of the complex.
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Places near Uxmal
- Kabah 18 kilometers away
- Mérida 70 kilometers away
- Chichén Itzá 131 kilometers away
- Yucatán Peninsula 133 kilometers away
- Coba 214 kilometers away
- Tulum 244 kilometers away
- Playa del Carmen 284 kilometers away
- The Mayan Riviera 284 kilometers away
- Isla Holbox 296 kilometers away
- Cancun 318 kilometers away
- Isla Mujeres 331 kilometers away
- Palenque 394 kilometers away
- Yaxchilan 408 kilometers away
- Bonampak 430 kilometers away
- Chiapas 478 kilometers away