Uxmal is the crown jewel of the Ruta Puuc. It is a very large complex located south-south-west from Muna and Merida, Yucatan. This was the most expensive of all of the runs I visited. It was 80 NP. They have a night time "Light and Sound" show here now, too. You usually get around 2 hours to stay here on the round trip Ruta Puuc tour. You can also get direct service to and from Uxmal from Merida. You could take a casual stroll through much of the site in two hours. It is worth a much longer stay, if you have the time. As with most sites, there is lots of work going on here. The main pyramid was closed to climbers. My mind and heart were sad, but my blisters were relieved. Uxmal is pronounced "oosh-MAHL".



Per Wikipedia: Uxmal is a large pre-Columbian ruined city of the Maya civilization in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. It is 78 km south of Mérida, Yucatán, or 110 km from that city on Highway 261 towards Campeche, Campeche), 15 km south-southeast of the town of Muna and in the municipality of Santa Elena.



Uxmal's name is Pre-Columbian and it is usually assumed to be an archaic Maya language phrase meaning "Built Three Times", although some scholars of the Maya language dispute this derivation. The currently used names for many of the structures were given by the Spanish. These names are not only not native, but they also do not specify the actual purposes of the buildings.



Uxmal holds some of the most complex and beautiful examples of the regional Puuc-style architecture, and its magnificent pyramids and structures make it a popular tourist destination.



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