Pronounced oosh-mahl, Uxmal is one impressive set of ruins, easily ranking among the top (and unfortunately most crowded) Maya archaeological sites. It is a large site with some fascinating structures in good condition and bearing a riot of ornamentation. Adding to its appeal is Uxmal’s setting in the hilly Puuc region, which lent its name to the architectural patterns in this area. Puuc means ‘hills,’ and these, rising up to about 100m, are the first relief from the flatness of the northern and western portions of the peninsula.
The site is entered through the modern Unidad Uxmal building, which has an air-conditioned restaurant, a small museum, shops selling souvenirs and crafts, a bookstore and an ATM. The price of admission includes entrance to a nightly sound-and-light show (8pm April to September, 7pm October to March). It's in Spanish but there are audio translators available for M$39.
Uxmal destination guides
Uxmal Light and Sound Show from Merida
Experience the wonders of the ancient Maya by both day and night on an Uxmal sound and light tour from Merida. Take a guided tour of the Nunnery Quadrangle, Pyramid of the Magician and Governor's Palace at Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn about the Puuc architecture of the ancient Maya.
2-Day Uxmal Tour from Merida
Discover the architectural marvel of Uxmal, one of the largest and most significant of the ancient Mayan cities on the Yucatan Peninsula! This overnight trip from Merida takes you on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – including the Pyramid of the Magician and Governor's Palace – set amid rolling hills and steeped in mystery.