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Introducing Uxmal

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.