South of Mérida attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in South of Mérida

Uxmal Ruins

Pronounced oosh-mahl, Uxmal's size and uniqueness make it a fascinating stop for ruin-lovers and novices alike. The top draws are the oddly shaped Magician's House, the Pigeon House (a structure with a delicate roof…
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Hacienda Yaxcopoil

If you visit one hacienda, make it this one. This vast estate grew and processed henequén; many of its numerous French Renaissance–style buildings have undergone picturesque restorations. The interior of the main bu…
Archaeological Site in Ruta Puuc

Labná

This is the Ruta Puuc site not to miss. Archaeologists believe that, at one point in the 9th century, some 3000 Maya lived at Labná. To support such numbers in these arid hills, water was collected in chultunes (cis…
Archaeological Site in Uxmal

Cuadrángulo de las Monjas

The 74-room, sprawling Nuns’ Quadrangle is directly west of the Casa del Adivino. Archaeologists guess variously that it was a military academy, royal school or palace complex. The long-nosed face of Chaac appears e…
Archaeological Site in Uxmal

Palacio del Gobernador

The Governor’s Palace, with its magnificent facade nearly 100m long, is arguably the most impressive structure at Uxmal. The buildings have walls filled with rubble, faced with cement and then covered in a thin vene…
Estancia in South of Mérida

Sotuta de Peón

Sotuta de Peón, 32km south of Mérida, is the only working henequén hacienda in the world. Jump aboard a horse and cart and view the henequén process from plant to finished product, visit the original homestead, plus…
Archaeological Site in Uxmal

Casa del Adivino

As you approach Uxmal, the Casa del Adivino comes into view. This 35m-high temple (the name translates as ‘Magician’s House’) was built in an unusual oval shape. What you see is a restored version of the temple’s fi…
Archaeological Site in Uxmal

Gran Pirámide

The 30m-high, nine-tiered pyramid has been restored only on its northern side. Archaeologists theorize that the quadrangle at its summit was largely destroyed in order to construct another pyramid above it. That wor…
Archaeological Site in South of Mérida

Kabah

On entering the site, head right to climb the stairs of El Palacio de los Mascarones (Palace of the Masks). Standing in front of it is the Altar de los Glifos, whose immediate area is littered with many stones carve…
Cave in Ruta Puuc

Grutas de Loltún

One of the largest dry-cave systems on the Yucatán Peninsula, Loltún ('stone flower' in Maya) provided a treasure trove of data for archaeologists studying the Maya. Carbon dating of artifacts found here reveals tha…