Labna
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Smaller than Uxmal or Chichén Itzá, this ancient Mayan city is less crowded with tourists but offers some beautiful archeological sights.
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GiblinVanBauzanum
191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Sayil, Xlapac and Labna are three sites on the 'Ruta Puuc'. All of them are very near and fortunately cheap. There are a couple of buildings to see, some a bit far to reach (in Sayil). Still all of them gave us a bit more of insight on the Puuc style with almost no tourists.
Written February 3, 2020
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Hydrolagus
California223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Labna was my fourth stop of the day on a marathon Mayan ruin adventure. The site is smaller than Uxmal and Kabah but a little larger than Sayil. It also has a little more shade from the sun than Uxmal and Kabah. There is an arch that is particularly lovely and you can walk through and around it. There's also part of the sacbe, the raised road, that you can walk down and an impressive Mirador. I found it to be one of the most enjoyable sites because of the arch, the palace, the Mirador, the encroaching jungle, and the few people that frequent the site.

Not to take away from the beauty and historical aspects of the site, but there is also a giant colony of leafcutter ants around one of the trees near the Mirador. You can't miss it, it's a huge areas of red dirt around the base of a tree. If you get close enough to it (no worries, leafcutters are harmless) you can see the tunnels leading in and out of the colony. There aren't many ants around the colony, they're mostly inside, but if you walk around enough, you can find their path to whatever tree/plant they're defoliating and it's fun to watch them carry around their impressive-size leaf pieces. They feed the leaf bits to a fungus they cultivate inside their colony and in return the fungus grows special fungus food for the ants. It's a really cool relationship. I found a line of ants traveling down a little path between 2 of the ruins. I really enjoyed seeing the ants do their work. It was little bit of nature mixed in with some history and culture. Look for the ants if you go! Be respectful of their colony.
Written December 1, 2016
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Frederic W
Rio de Janeiro, RJ377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
No doubt Labna is not as impressive as Uxmal or Kabah but the color of the constructions is different - and again you will probably be on your own visiting this place with its magical breeze and overall feeling of peace and the sensation of going back in time... Another reason why I love the Ruta Puuc!
Written January 17, 2016
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veryuniquetraveler
NEBRASKA581 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
This site is famous for its arch, which was impressive. However, there is also a structure on the hill above the arch which is just breathtaking. As it towered over the arch, to me it seemed more impressive than the arch did. My favorite part of visiting the site though, was being able to walk on the sacbe ( raised road ) leading from the main structure to the other ruins. It was by far the longest and most intact raised sacbe we saw on our tour of the Yucatan.
Written January 15, 2016
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Ruth H
162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Labna was populated about 750 – 1000 A.D. and is estimated that it housed a population of approximately 4,500 people. In 1996 this archaeological zone was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This archaeological site has five main “excavated” structures and is spread over a 2km hiking trail. You will be exposed to the sun while exploring these ruins, and I would, therefore, recommend that you wear a hat and bring water. When we visited this site, we were lucky enough to have the entire site to ourselves!

There are five main structures on this site:
1. The Temple of the Columns;
2. El Palacio (2-storey palace housing 60 rooms);
3. The Sacbé (a ceremonial road);
4. The Mirador (aka observatory/watch tower) which sits on top of a disintegrated pyramid; and
5. The Arch

There are numerous other structures on site in various states of disrepair. In time I would assume that the other structures may be excavated and reconstructed, somewhat.
OPEN: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: 47 Mx Pesos per Person
GPS Co-ordinates: N20 10.549, W89 34.764
FACILITIES: Parking, Restrooms, Refreshments

GENERAL OPINION / COMMENT REGARDING THE PUUC ROUTE:
My favourite sites along the Puuc route – in order of Preference:
1. Uxmal – Large, Impressive, Lots of Details
2. Kabah – Small site, Lots of Details and impressive.
3. Labna – Small site, arch, sacbé, Mirador etc.
4. Sayil – Small site - Palace of 90 bedrooms.
5. Xlapak – Small site. Free.
Written May 16, 2015
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
Labna is one of the well signposted sites on the Ruta Puuc. It has one large palace with a number of sections of interesting decorative stonework including masks on the front, a long section of a sacbe (Mayan road) running away from the palace to the other major buildings which include a decorated arch with interesting stonework and other less complete buildings. Main buildings in a sunny, grassy area but a few more scattered in the jungle. Cost was 42 pesos, free parking. Minimal refreshments and toilets at entrance. Worth a visit with the other 3 nearby sites.
Written November 14, 2012
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bjnomads
Beijing, China676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Providing you've made time in your itinerary, this small site is worth a stop for some of its unique elements, particularly the well preserved Chaac mask and a nice carving of a human head in a serpents mouth, as well as an arch in very good condition. Not long to visit here, 30-45 min tops but worth having a look.
Written February 9, 2019
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eurydice2017
London, UK324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
This is a real gem with no tourists anywhere to be seen! It is a 30-45 min drive from Uxmal and the drive is very pleasant in itself albeit on a very narrow road, you need your own car to drive there and the good news is there are another three archeological sites, all virtually tourist free, before this one. Price is 55 pesos per site excluding Xlapak which is free. The setting where the palace is located is breathtaking, with amazing trees and the whole area around it is really well kept. You can walk freely everywhere and enjoy the palace details at length! There is a charming path leading onto another amazing construction at the very end. Truly not to miss !!!
Written January 24, 2019
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oldbrdrz
Fairfax, VA141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We visited both Labna and Kabah, two of the three minor ruins near Uxmal. Both, like Uxmal, were the most decorative of the numerous ruins we saw on our Yucatan Peninsula trip, perhaps to be equated with Baroque or Rococo European architecture. The Kabah Palace of Masks and Labna’s Public Arch were unique. The road to Labna was better than we expected, based on prior internet information. A road improvement project was underway, with new paving extending from the main road back a few miles. (Watch for the speed bump near the intersection.) Near or after the Xlapak ruins there were some potholes, and the road became narrower. With far fewer visitors than at Uxmal, it was more serene at both sites. Even so, Uxmal was definitely less crowded than sites closer to Cancun and its tour buses.
Written June 25, 2018
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Phil E
Minnesota959 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
Labna (Old House) is a smaller Puuc site, located south of the towns of Muna and Oxkutzcab. It is very close to the sites of Kabah & Sayil & Xlapak with two main groups of structures connected by an elevated roadway.
It appears to have been first inhabited around 200 BC, although it's height was in the late classic / early post-classic periods. The most well known structure at the site is the arch, with temple behind it - however, the royal residential building has beautiful stone carvings. This site has a beautiful peacefulness about it - we really enjoyed it.
Written February 11, 2017
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