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Museum in Uxmal

Choco-Story

You'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about chocolate at this interesting museum, and there's also interesting text about the nutritional and medicinal values of the flora in the surrounding botanical garde…
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…
Archaeological Site in Uxmal

Casa del Adivino

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

Casa de las Tortugas

The House of the Turtles, which you'll find south of the Juego de Pelota (Ball Court), takes its name from the turtles carved on the cornice. The Maya associated turtles with the rain god, Chaac. According to Maya m…
Archaeological Site in Uxmal

El Palomar

West of the Gran Pirámide sits a structure whose roofcomb is latticed with a pattern reminiscent of the Moorish pigeon houses built into walls in Spain and northern Africa – hence the building’s name, which means th…
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 Uxmal

Casa de la Vieja

Off the southeast corner of the Palacio del Gobernador’s platform is a small complex, now largely rubble, known as the Casa de la Vieja (Old Woman’s House). In front of it is a small palapa (thatch-roof shelter) tha…