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“Stunning site, relatively uncrowded” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Temples of Uxmal

Temples of Uxmal
Highway 261, Uxmal, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Uxmal
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
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Owner description: The ruins of an ancient Mayan city.
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“Stunning site, relatively uncrowded”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This was definitely the most beautiful and interesting Mayan site we visited in our two weeks in the Yucatan. We went on a tour with Mayan Ecotours (very disappointing, but that's another story!), and unfortunately didn’t arrive until the very hottest part of the day, so we didn’t get to spend as much time there as we would have wanted. I would recommend going by public bus (Mexican buses are excellent and very reliable) from Merida, aiming for a cool part of the day, and planning to spend at least 2-3 hours there. The stunning carvings, the wide open spaces and the expansive layout are all very different from the smaller sites – Uxmal seems like a city built to impress rather than to live in, unlike some of the smaller sites like Mayapan. I understand it’s very like Chichen Itza (which we unfortunately didn’t get to), but much quieter! It has some of the same features as Chichen Itza, like the bird echo (if you clap your hands hard, standing straight in front of the first pyramid, you hear a sound like a bird call – apparently it was a way for Uxmal’s rulers to pretend to the people that they could communicate with God!) and the ball court. The carvings, though, are the highlight – absolutely beautiful and very enigmatic (make sure you have a good guide or guide book to explain it all). Uxmal is also quite a good place for wildlife watching, including plenty of iguanas and some colourful birdlife.

Visited February 2013
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“Very interactive experience, mystical-feeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

You can engage more with the ruins here than you can at Chichen Itza. It was an incredible experience - highly recommend.

Visited February 2013
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“Large ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Nice and large place, where you can search for history. Every stone in this archeological locality has his own legend. Anywhere you go, you see thousands of years of history and culture. Should it be seen.

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing place!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We went to 4 ruin sites in Mexico (Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum and Coba). Uxmal was my favourite by far. There were not as many tourists, you could walk up some of the temples, it was hugs with lots to see and really was beautiful.

The prices in the souvenir shops were some of the best around as well. Much better than the shops near resorts for sure.

I would highly recommend it!

Visited February 2013
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“Merida pyramids of Uxmal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Just an hour to hour and half outside of Merida, Mexico are the great Mayan Ruins of Uxmal.
I have traveled Mexico 30 times and the Yucatan is for the best. Merida the beautiful capital city and the Ruins of Uxmal not far from the city would be a world class vacation. See the great ruins in the jungles of the Yucatan , with limited crowds in the summer especially and now specifically because of the reduced tourism to Mexico makes this trip incredible. If you are nervous about violence in Mexico it is not here. I have never felt safer anywhere walking in the evenings alone or in group it is just peaceful. The culture that is available to experience and the history of the Mayas cannot be found in more abundance anywhere. Take a trip to Merida. Hotels of any type and price can be found .Good food , shopping , culture. This is not beach vacation. The gulf of Mexico 40 minutes away but more people come for the Mayan adventure. I have never seen ruins that were so magnificent and the Light and Sound show in the evening with english translations is a must . To sit under the black starlit sky and watch the pyramids light up and change colors while listening to the story of a Mayan princess and the importance of rain to their survival is an experienfce not available in many places on this planet. Go and enjoy

Visited June 2012
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