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“Uxmal is Exceptional”
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Temples of Uxmal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The ruins of an ancient Mayan city.
Reviewed January 27, 2006

We saw several ruins on our vacation, but Uxmal was certainly the hilight. Not only is it an extremely old site (500BC) but you can actually climb the Great Pyramid while you are there. The Pyramid of the Magician was off limits as they were doing some work there but all of the other structures were accessible to us. If you have time for only one ruin visit, this is the one to see.

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Vernal, Utah
Reviewed January 2, 2005

We enjoyed our tour very much. We got a tour guide and it was very interesting the thing that he pointed out. Keep in mind if you do get a tour guide a lot of what they say is guess work. The site were absolutely beautiful. The weather was perfect. Do not eat at the restuarant. They give very small servings, go to one of the hotels to eat. If you rented a car to come here, stop at the next site up the road, they have some interesting things. The rest of the small sites are not worth your time unless you have plenty of it. MUST SEE UXMAL!!!!!

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Reviewed May 22, 2004

We booked a tour package from our hotel in Merida. Uxmal and Kabah were fabulous. The tour was good, but I would do it differently next time.

Uxmal is a very big place, and you keep finding more courtyards and buildings with every turn. Each of them is worth studying in its own right. The famous Pyramid of the Magician is closed for climbing, but the larger pyramid on the hill is open, and the view from the top is spectacular. There are large and obviously important structures peeking out of the jungle, which have barely been explored. This lends an air of mystery to the whole place.

In mid-May, Uxmal was not at all crowded, and Kabah was nearly deserted.

Now, about the tour. We booked with Mayaland Tours, which has a nice Web site, and they were very courteous on the phone. They speak good English and take credit cards. We completed the reservation by FAX.

However, they immediately subcontracted us out to another tour bus company. The Mayaland Web site led us to believe that we were renting a private car, but the large van that pulled up at our hotel had several other parties, all from different travel agents. Some had lunch arranged at the Uxmal Hacienda, and others at the Lodge. At times, the driver was rather rushed trying to accommodate all the different tour obligations.

The driver made a few detours along the way, showing us a "typical Maya village" and an old Hacienda. It was a bit awkward when he paused in front of a "typical Maya house" long enough that the occupants came out to see what all the rich Gringos were staring at. All in all, I would rather have had more time at the archaeological sites.

Our package included lunch at the Uxmal Hacienda, which was delicious, and also "pool service." A dip in the cool water was very refreshing after trekking up and down ancient stones all morning. Unfortunately, since we were not hotel guests, there was not a good place to change. What's worse, we only had about an hour and a quarter to swim and eat, not the two hours that Mayaland had promised. I ended up ordering lunch and minding the restaurant while my wife took the kids out for a swim.

Uxmal is a great site, and the park there is very well done. Don't miss it. But, ask your hotel for a tour recommendation, or you might end up sharing a bus with other tourists who got a better deal on the very same tour. We were traveling with children, who happened to be half price with Mayaland, so it worked out to be about even money. Had we been four adults, we would have paid too much.

45  Thank Bubbatron
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Reviewed September 24, 2003

The Uxmal ruins are impressive and the complex is quite large.
Definitely comparable to the more famous Chitchen Itza. However, there is NO need to go to the light show (that's included in the price of your ticket.) It's painfully hokey, and surprisingly doesn't give much factual historical background to the ruins.

30  Thank Gemini4
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Ontario, CA
Reviewed August 4, 2003

Uxmal is a fabulous ruin site, comparable to Chichen Itza and worth the effort to see. The place has a wonderful tourist center with a dining area and great bookstore. The sound and light show was not as cool as the one at Chichen Itza. And currently the big pyramid is closed so you can't climb it (unlike the one at Chichen Itza). But there are so many great ruins there its worth going anyway. We stayed at the Uxmal Hacienda Hotel. The place was a little touristy for our tastes. The room was big with a jacuzzi bath, but the food was over priced and we were a little uncomfortable being serenaded (which happened every time we sat still for more than 10 minutes in the hotel -- if it happens make sure you tip them it is the only way they make money and their worth it). The same is true however at all the hotels right around the ruins (in fact the menu at the Lodge at Uxmal was almost identical to the one at our hotel and just as pricey). A better option might be to get on a tour bus, or if you rent a car (which we did without incident and thoroughly enjoyed, but paid a lot) you might find cheaper accomodations a little farther from the ruins. The guide books say stay in Ticul but that seemed a little far for us. But you pay for convience.

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