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Review of Temples of Uxmal

Temples of Uxmal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The ruins of an ancient Mayan city.
Split, Croatia
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

If you go to Merida you will find quite a number of organized tours to both Uxmal and Ruta Puuc which I think is quite good for older people but if you really want to enjoy these places you can perfectly go by a public bus. There are two bus stations in Merida:ADO and second classes (oriente and Sur).
It takes two hours to get to Uxmal from Merida but you have to take a,so called,second class bus and it will cost you aproximately 5 US dollars for a one way ticket. The bus stops at 200m from the entrance to the site.It is very easy to visit the place since in front of each monument you will find explications both in Spanosh and English but if you really like the world of Mayas,buy a book in the bookshops at the entrance. It will take you 4 hours to explore the ruins and then you can take the bus and go back to Merida but I would advise to spend a night in the hotel overlooking the Magician's temple ("The Lodge at Uxmal"-beautiful relaxing hotel).This way you'll be able to enjoy the Night show and in the morning you can continue your trip to the other Ruta Puuc's monuments.

Visited December 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“It is a great site. They could improve in information, maps and signs.”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Of course Uxmal is a great archaeological site and I really recommend a visit there. The thing is they don't have maps, the information signs are not clear and there aren't signs to identify the buildings and directions.

Another comment is about the sound and light night show which is boring and uses extremely old technology. It is time to renovate that and make some improvements.

Despite that it is historical and huge and of course I recommend a visit.

Visited January 2014
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Uxmal - easy & cheap DIY version”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Went to Uxmal yesterday, BIG ruins site near Merida, easy DIY day trip, and HOT HOT HOT, wow. The first thing you see at Uxmal is the behemoth temple of the Magician, very impressive, the iconic photo you see all the time. These guys lead with the Ace...

Managed to do some Indianna Jones-style exploring off the beaten path behind one of the temples too. Behind the Pigeon Loft Complex, I had to muscle through some brush to get up to some ruins, still mostly buried, but some parts are exposed, totally worth it, great view, and no one was back there, just me and the bugs. Just walk through the gate to the back of this complex, and you will see multiple paths worn into the brush, which will take you to various smaller ruins in the back.

The DIY version: You can buy a 2nd class (or 1st class, if you prefer) bus ticket at the 2nd class terminal in Merida, round-trip was 98pesos with the NEW IVA tax. There are several departure times, and it took us about 80 minutes to get to Uxmal. This bus will drop you right outside the entrance to Uxmal, and pick you up across the road to return to Merida.

Entrance fees (there are 2) total 188 pesos. Total for the day was 296 pesos, just under $23USD.

I took the 10:40am bus, arriving at noon, and returned on the 3:20pm bus, both of which were on time - don't expect this, but it MAY happen... Tiempo Latino notwithstanding. That gave me over 3 hours on site, which was ample time to see the whole thing at a leisurely pace.

There are package deals, and also versions that will drop you at Uxmal, and you can take a bus to Campeche, just ask at the bus station. This trip is available in reverse order as well, and there are lockers available on site to stash your stuff while on site.

Visited January 2014
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Aspen, Colorado
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“Uxmal #1...Chichen distant #2”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit Chichen Itza when it opened at 8AM and were done by noon when the invasion of the unfortunate hoards of tourists off the buses from Cancun and Merida arrived. EVERY pathway is infested with vendors and by noon add armies of tourists. It's worth enduring the crowds and vendors if you have no other choice. For us, without either it was a wonderful day.
If you want a significantly more comfortable, relaxed, NO VENDOR Maya experience
then Uxmal and Palenque are where it's at by a LONG shot.
Few people, few tour groups, even fewer tour buses (like none @ Uxmal) and did I mention NO VENDORS. Well actually Palenque had a handful, but didn't detract from experiencing the feel of a Maya "village" or ancient "city" both in Uxmal and Palenque.
The structures, the art, the reliefs, the elevated views of the surrounding terrain made for a spectacular experience far beyond "visiting and seeing Chichen".
Uxmal is a very easy day trip from Merida. Get the bus at the terminal on 69 street between 68 and 70 streets (50MX).

Visited January 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Best ruins I've been to.”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

I've been to A LOT of ruins in Mexico but these are still my favourite. The round pyramid is just awesome and the details that remain from the period are gorgeous. I went around November and the site was really quiet, great for exploring! I would highly recommend going to Uxmal especially if you are staying in Merida.

Visited November 2013
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