The ruins of Uxmal are situated to the South of Merida. Uxmal was an important city; probably build around 700AD, 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, building 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 facade 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.
Suggested Uxmal itinerary
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Map of Uxmal
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Places near Uxmal
- Kabah 12 miles away
- Merida & Around 44 miles away
- Merida 44 miles away
- Chichén Itzá 81 miles away
- Yucatán Peninsula 83 miles away
- Coba 133 miles away
- Tulum 152 miles away
- Playa del Carmen 176 miles away
- The Mayan Riviera 176 miles away
- Isla Holbox 184 miles away
- Cancun 198 miles away
- Isla Mujeres 206 miles away
- Palenque 245 miles away
- Yaxchilan 254 miles away
- Bonampak 267 miles away
- Chiapas 297 miles away