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For an additional cost, Uxmal projects a nightly light-and-sound show.

For an entirely different experience, outside the ruins, the Choco-Story museum takes a look at the history of chocolate.


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$89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Uxmal and Kabah Day Trip from Merida

Your first stop will be Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth or anecdote. It is situated within a series of hills known as the Puuc or "mountainous area" in Maya. The name was later given to describe the architectural style of the region, such as the colossal Magicians Pyramid, impressive Governor´s Palace, intricate Dove´s Temple and Grand Nuns Quadrangle. The archaeological structures and buildings located throughout Uxmal are ornamented with geometrical figures and masks of the rain god, Chaac. The rain god was considered by the Maya people as one of the most important of their deities. Have lunch at either the beautiful Hacienda Uxmal or in the gardens of the Lodge of Uxmal surrounded by unique Maya Palapas. Then, visit the Choco-Story Museum and learn about the history of cocoa, its importance to the Mayas, the way it is cultivated and the traditional process to make chocolate. Next, visit Kabah, a Puuc-style city that flourished around the year 800 AD. Kabah is known as the second largest religious center in the Puuc-style. (Puuc is the Mayan name given to a series of low-lying hills with a unique culture and style.) After sightseeing, enjoy the beautiful pool and gardens of the Hacienda Uxmal Hotel.  We will depart at 4:00 pm from Uxmal in order to be in Merida around 5:00 pm.

$88 Cultural & Theme Tours

Uxmal and Kabah Early Access Tour from Merida

After hotel pickup in Merida, start your drive to Uxmal. Once there and accompanied by a professional guide, you'll get to visit the Maya-style temples where the Maya civilization left its mark in the area. Enjoy the tranquility of this early-morning tour without the huge crowds. Visit the Temple of the Magician, which according to the mythology of this place was built by a dwarf king. Then, see the Nunnery, which highlights the Puuc style, this style is characterized by smooth walls and decorated frieze. Finally, visit the Governor’s Palace, with a façade of more than 20,000 tiles considered the most beautiful in the Maya area. After visiting Uxmal, you will drive to Cananah’s restaurant and enjoy a delicious a la carte meal. Then, you'll go to the archaeological site of Kabah. This area has two important buildings of the Mayan culture. First, you'll see the Codz Pop (Carpet funky) temple belonging to the God of Water Chaac, in this building seven sculptures of Mayan rulers were found. Then, you'll visit the Palace Teocalli. Once you are done with the tour, you'll head back to Merida.

$122 Cultural & Theme Tours

Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Kabah Maya Tour with Admission Tickets

Live the ultimate Mayan experience while visiting three of the main archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. This 3-in-1 tour will take place over two days so you can truly experience the best. Day 1: Chichen Itza After hotel pickup in Merida you'll head to Chichen Itza early in the morning. You'll be accompanied by your specialized guide who will give you a detailed tour of the site. Enjoy the tranquility of this morning visit before the crowds arrive and discover how this large pre-Columbian city played an important role in the Maya civilization around 600 AD to 1200. Learn why this place remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. After your tour, you will be dropped-off at your hotel.Day 2: Uxmal and Kabah After pickup from your hotel, you will head to Uxaml and Kabah. Accompanied by a professional guide, you'll get to know all about the temples which are characterized by Mayan style. In Uxmal, visit the Temple of the Magician which, according to the mythology of this place, was built by a dwarf king. See the Nunnery, which highlights the Puuc style and is characterized by smooth walls and decorated frieze. Visit the Governor’s Palace, with a facade of more than 20,000 tiles considered the most beautiful in the Maya area. After visiting Uxmal, you will drive to Cananah’s restaurant to enjoy a 3-course meal. Then, you will go the archaeological site of Kabah and see two important buildings. First, visit the Codz Pop (Carpet funky) temple, belonging to the God of Water Chaac, where seven sculptures of Mayan rulers were found. Finally see The Palace Teocalli to end the tour. You'll be dropped-off at your hotel, taking with you memorable experiences of the richness of the Maya culture.

$395 Cultural & Theme Tours

Yucatan Overview 2-Day Tour with Chichen Itza and Merida

Day 1 - Chichen Itza, UxmalYou will depart from Cancun or the Riviera Maya and travel to the Pre-Hispanic city of Chichen Itza. Your guide will explain the historical significance of all of the most important temples of this ancient city during the small-group tour before leaving you to enjoy Chichen Itza at your own pace. Admire the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Temple of the Warriors, The Ball Court, The Observatory and The Nunnery. Upon your walking return to the Mayaland Resort, take time to enjoy the pools and facilities. Buffet lunch at the Mayaland Hotel. From Chichen Itza you will travel west to Uxmal, considered as the most beautiful and spectacular site of the ancient Mayan culture. The check in will be performed at the beautiful Hotel Hacienda Uxmal, located in the proximity of the site, at walking distance. Favorite of distinguished personalities and royalty.At night, a feast for your eyes and ears await you at the light and sound show. The venue is the Nunnery Quadrangle and, as you sit there under the stars, you'll listen to the stories and legends related to the rise and fall of Uxmal. After the show, you will enjoy a delicious dinner served at the Lodge at Uxmal before you turning in for the night, in an absolute peaceful atmosphere under the night of the Maya.Day 2 - Uxmal, MeridaThe second adventure-filled day starts off with a delicious breakfast while you enjoy the beautiful vegetation and the whistles of colorful birds by the tropical premises of the hotel. After that, you will be conducted with a guide to explore the pre-Hispanic city of Uxmal in a small-group tour. The Governor's Palace, The Pyramid of the Soothsayer and the Nun’s Quadrangle are just some of the buildings that will capture your attention for its beauty and décor. After that you will go to Merida, stopping at the Yaxcopoil Hacienda on the way. The Hacienda represents the history of three great periods in the Yucatan and the boom years of henequen cultivation during the late 19th. The place is now a museum showcasing sisal manufacture, once the Yucatan's principal industry.Upon arrival in Merida you will take a sightseeing City Tour, pointing out important sites of interest. Merida is delightful. Its bustling center boasts colonial churches and mansions as well as Paseo de Montejo. You'll have plenty of time to explore the city on your own. Mid-afternoon departure for Cancun or Riviera Maya, you will go directly to your hotel so that you can enjoy the rest of your vacation.

$89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Uxmal Light and Sound Show from Merida

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Zona Arqueologica Uxmal, Uxmal, Yucatan PeninsulaYour tour begins with pickup from major Merida hotels by small-group van.Enjoy lunch and relax on the scenic drive to the ancient Maya site of Uxmal, the most splendid of the Puuc sites, boasting some of the finest examples of Maya architecture you'll ever see.Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of Uxmal, highlighting the site’s structures, geometrical figures and masks of the Mayan’s most significant deity, Chaac.Visit the Nunnery Quadrangle, where friezes represent owls and serpents, and learn the meaning behind the four multi-level buildings arranged around a central plaza. Look up at the oval-shaped Pyramid of the Magician (the Pyramid of the Soothsayer), unrivaled in the beauty of its precise design. View more than 100 images of Chaac on the facade of the Governor’s Palace, where a central doorway was built in astronomical alignment with the planets.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Zona Arqueologica Uxmal, Uxmal, Yucatan PeninsulaThen, as the sky darkens, take your seat in the Nunnery Quadrangle and prepare yourself for the theatrical drama of Uxmal's spectacular sound and light show, acclaimed as one of the finest in the world.Watch in amazement as the splendors of the Maya world are recreated with light and sounds, capturing the mystery and magic of Uxmal's past.After watching the evening sound and light show at Uxmal, relax on the return trip by small-group minivan and be dropped at your Merida hotel.Duration: 4 hours

$170.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Uxmal Tour from Merida

Uxmal, "Three Times Built”, located 78 km from Merida, has a history rich in legends, myths and anecdotes. This archaeological site is located in a hilly region known as the Puuc region, a Mayan word for "mountain range" later given to the distinctive architectonic style of the archaeological sites in the region. Uxmal is the most representative example of this style: the “Governor’s House” and “Temple of the Wizard”, 35 m. high, considered by experts as architectonic marvels for their precise construction and beauty. With your specialized tour guide you will explore this World Heritage site. Highlights include the oval-shaped Magician’s Pyramid, the Nun’s Quadrangle with its magnificent friezes depicting the Mayan rain god, owls and serpents, the Palace of the Governor, and the Great Pyramid. You’ll enjoy a free afternoon for relaxing at the hotel where you can swim or sunbathe, and then in the evening you are invited to the Uxmal Sound and Light Show. Staged nightly in the Nun’s Quadrangle, Uxmal’s central plaza, the music, dialogue and illumination take place in a magnificent setting and the event is an unforgettable introduction to the history and legends of the ancient city. Spend the night at the Hacienda Uxmal hotel. On your second day, after breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological park on your own or take an optional tour to Kabah (10 minute drive from Uxmal), an archaeological site famous for its Palace of Chaac Masks (Chaac is the rain god). You will also find the arch that is thought to be center of the city and the entrance to the "sac-be" (white road-Mayan highway) that went to Uxmal.

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