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Uxmal, an Ancient Maya temple in the jungle of Yucatan

The ruins of Uxmal form a world heritage site located in Yucatan. It was originally build in the 7th and 10th century A.D. by the Maya's and despite a decline during some of the years that followed, nowadays it has been restored to its former glory and is carefully maintained. It is one of the best ancient temples to visit in Mexico.

Upon entry, the first large structure that meets the eye is the pyramid of the Magician. This has been restored to its original state and appears well intact. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to climb the stairs. From the entrance it is possible to get the classic postcard picture of Uxmal.

From there, take a left turn and head to the house of the governor. This is built on a small hill. It is not the most spectacular building ever, but it is worth noticing some of the details of the stone carvings. If you look carefully around the building, you will most likely spot a few iguana's in between the bushes. Once you have spotted one, you will start to see them all around the site.

Just around the corner from the house of the governor is the great pyramid located. This one can actually be climbed which is worth doing. It is a steep one, but anyone should be able to make it to the top. From here you are rewarded with an nice view of the ancient Maya site and the surrounding jungle. This is also the place where you get the classic view of the pyramid of the magician reaching out above the jungle.

There are a few more places worth mentioning such as the ball court and the nunnery. The ball court has been beautifully restored and gives you that feeling of walking into a stadium, although being it on a smaller scale. The nunnery is a large building with in the middle a courtyard. Dotted around the rest of the sight there are many ruins which range from just a collection of stones to foundations and small buildings that have collapsed. 

The number of tourists who visit the ruins of Uxmal is relatively low which is in contrast to places such as the popular temple of Chichen Itza and adds a lot of character to the former Maya settlement. You can walk around undisturbed and take all the perfect pictures without having to wait around. There is a public bus which can take you to the entrance of Uxmal. One of them departs from Merida, which makes that city an excellent base to visit the area. This former Maya site can be visited all year round, but it is probably best to avoid hurricane season. 
 

Uxmal travel photo gallery

 
The first steps seen from the entrance.

The first steps seen from the entrance.

 



The pyramid of the magician.

The pyramid of the magician.

 



Bricks that form a wall.

Bricks that form a wall.


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Iguana walking around.

Iguana walking around.

 
Rising above the trees.

Rising above the trees.

 



The house of the governor.

The house of the governor.

 
The temple of the magician above the trees.

The temple of the magician above the trees.

 
The nunnery in between the forest.

The nunnery in between the forest.

 
A lizard climbing the rocks.

A lizard climbing the rocks.

 



One of the iguana's that can be found across the whole site.

One of the iguana's that can be found across the whole site.

 
Stone carving on the house of the governor.

Stone carving on the house of the governor.

 



Well cut grass in front of the house of the governor.

Well cut grass in front of the house of the governor.

 
Overview of the sight.

Overview of the sight.

 
Some of the structures rising above the trees.

Some of the structures rising above the trees.

 
View down on the west group.

View down on the west group.

 
View towards the nunnery.

View towards the nunnery.

 
Endless view of the forest that seems to surround the ancient ruins.

Endless view of the forest that seems to surround the ancient ruins.

 
The great pyramid.

The great pyramid.

 
The ruins of the west group.

The ruins of the west group.

 
Some details of the remaining wall.

Some details of the remaining wall.

 
A completely overgrown structure.

A completely overgrown structure.

 
Ruins in the jungle.

Ruins in the jungle.

 
Ruins of some former houses.

Ruins of some former houses.

 
A lizard crawling around.

A lizard crawling around.

 
One of the Iguana's relaxing on a rock.

One of the Iguana's relaxing on a rock.

 
The many steps of the great pyramid.

The many steps of the great pyramid.

 
Some of the rocks scattered around the site.

Some of the rocks scattered around the site.

 



The great pyramid seen between the trees.

The great pyramid seen between the trees.

 
The pyramid of the magician behind the ball court.

The pyramid of the magician behind the ball court.

 



The house of the turtle.

The house of the turtle.

 
More ruins.

More ruins.

 
The nunnery.

The nunnery.

 
Top of the pyramid near the entrance.

Top of the pyramid near the entrance.

 
The courtyard inside the nunnery.

The courtyard inside the nunnery.

 
Some of the intact structures.

Some of the intact structures.

 
The back of the pyramid of the magicians.

The back of the pyramid of the magicians.

 
One of the outer structures in the ball court.

One of the outer structures in the ball court.

 
Restored like it was just built.

Restored like it was just built.

 
Another view of the Maya site.

Another view of the Maya site.

 



Classic view of Uxmal.

Classic view of Uxmal.

 



Some of the ruins.

Some of the ruins.

 
Classic view of the ancient Maya site.

Classic view of the ancient Maya site.

 
Bricks laying in the field.

Bricks laying in the field.

 
The hill of the house of the governor covered with bricks.

The hill of the house of the governor covered with bricks.

 
Well maintained lawn.

Well maintained lawn.

 
The house of the turtle.

The house of the turtle.

 
One side of the ball court.

One side of the ball court.

 
The ball court.

The ball court.

 
Some stones of unknown origin.

Some stones of unknown origin.

 
Inside the ball court.

Inside the ball court.

 
Supporting beams keeping the structure upright.

Supporting beams keeping the structure upright.

 
Remaining stones in the courtyard.

Remaining stones in the courtyard.

 
Beautifully restored brick work.

Beautifully restored brick work.

 
The Maya site on a sunny day.

The Maya site on a sunny day.

 



The steps leading to the top.

The steps leading to the top.

 
Brickwork and stone carvings that represent Maya faces.

Brickwork and stone carvings that represent Maya faces.

 



One of the hidden chambers.

One of the hidden chambers.

 
Another view of the pyramid.

Another view of the pyramid.

 
Good view of the pyramid of the magician.

Good view of the pyramid of the magician.

 
The pyramid of the magician in its full glory.

The pyramid of the magician in its full glory.


Internet sites with travel information about Uxmal

General information about Uxmal can be found on Wikipedia and most of the relevant travel info on Wikitravel. Because it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, their pages have many useful things as well. The bus company that drives to the Maya site is ADO, but unfortunately the second-class buses which are the only ones who go there are not listed on their website, so you will need to check at the bus station. It might also be worth having a look at a travel guide such as the Lonely Planet or at the user reviews on Virtual tourist to read through some of the experiences that people have had.

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Last update: 07/08/2013