Zona Arqueologica Uxmal
Zona Arqueologica Uxmal
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An ancient Mayan building thought to be a school and named by a Spanish historian who thought it looked like a European monastery.
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  • Jocelyn D
    London, United Kingdom301 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    The ruins are well worth visiting each archeological site is different. Here there are no cenotes therefore all the water was collected in underground cisterns. The tops of some are visible the rest have been filled in but you can tell by sinks in the ground where they were.The large pyramid has an unusual shape as it has an oval base There is a ramp up to where you can see the quadrangle of the nuns, alternatively there are steps . The buildings around are very ornamental.The ball court is small . There are great views of the site from the palace of the Governor. We had a guide who was very knowledgeable and well worth taking. We took about two hours at the site
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 January 2023
  • Any U
    Toronto, Canada2 contributions
    Uxmal is well worth the visit and get a tour guide.
    Excellent Mayan site. Splurge for a tour guide, its money well spent. You can no longer climb the pyramids. Since covid, the Governor's Palace is still closed for climbing (Feb 2023). The Pyramid of the Magician still remains closed to climbing since 2009 (it was fun to climb before that though). Excellent site, well preserved, ongoing restorations, easy to get around. Always something new and restored every time we visit. Admission is 495 pesos, but you have to pay cash for the federal tax of 90 pesos, and cash or credit for the 405 pesos for admission. Keep both ticket stubs to get in the park. A tour guide is 950 pesos, split the cost with other couples and make it a better value. A lot of history here and pride in the Mexican archeologists restoring the site. Got more out of this site than Tulum or Chichen Itza.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 21 February 2023
  • Darrel B
    51 contributions
    Worth the visit
    Beautifully kept Mayan ruins, great views. Easy to walk around, though area is large. Unfortunately one can not climb any major structures anymore. If you are a photo bug go early to avoid the instagramer wanna be's
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • adrenalinejunkie007
    Los Angeles, California38 contributions
    Worth the trip
    We took a private trip from Uxmal as the main part of the tour. The site is well-kept and there's plenty to see. The "pyramid" itself can't be climbed but it's definitely a sight to admire. My mother, who had some knee issues was part of our private tour and it was relatively easy for her to get around; there are some places that are stairs-only though they do have ramps around the site. Side note, if you're not part of the tour, check out the reviews for ChocoStory as it's right across the site and may be worth your consideration.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Karrie L
    17 contributions
    What a great find!
    What a great find! Spent a few hours wandering the site in Uxmal. Much larger than I expected and no crowds like Chichenitza. They offer personal tours onsite in many languages. Have easy parking and clean washrooms. A few gift shops and food options. Was very happy to not have the mass of vendors yelling at as like Chichenitza which really made that visit less enjoyable. There a a couple in front of Uxmal but nothing obnoxious. I hope they keep it that way. Highly recommend a visit. About 1 hour drive from Merida. We drove ourselves and had no issue finding it. The only negative which was more amusing then anything is you have to buy 2 tickets onsite from two separate ticket windows beside each other and then hand two separate people the two tickets at the entry gate again right beside each other. Not sure why they can’t just make it one ticket lol.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Maryann L
    Fair Oaks, California1,318 contributions
    An UNESCO Heritage Site
    This large ancient city is considered one of the most important sites of Mayan culture. See the Pyramid of the Magicians, the Nunnery Quadrangle ( no nuns lived here but the building with small rooms resembled a nunnery and was so named) , the Royal Palace with its lattice stonework. the Turtle House and the the ball court. We also got a glimpse of the Pyramid of the Sun from a distance. It is hot, sunny and humid here and there is some climbing on uneven steps and surfaces. Enjoy!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 April 2023
  • TandTSwitzerland
    Zurich, Switzerland1,137 contributions
    Magical place
    Last time I was in Uxmal there were still restrictions due to Covid, so there were very few tourists and the place was magical due to this quiet environment. This time I was afraid of seeing too many people, but I was completely wrong because there were also very few people and the place was very quiet. You can walk in peace and take your time to enjoy the ruins. It is a magical pace, very mystic. For me one of the best ruins and definitely a highlight.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 November 2023
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,137 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Last time I was in Uxmal there were still restrictions due to Covid, so there were very few tourists and the place was magical due to this quiet environment. This time I was afraid of seeing too many people, but I was completely wrong because there were also very few people and the place was very quiet. You can walk in peace and take your time to enjoy the ruins. It is a magical pace, very mystic. For me one of the best ruins and definitely a highlight.
Written 3 November 2023
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Karen
Merida, Mexico552 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
By far the best maintained site to visit in the Yucatan. There is so much here to see, including the governor's palace, the jaguar throne, House of Doves, the ballgame (dates to 905), the nunnery. You'll see a false arch construction a few minutes upon entering. No vendors are allowed on site (like at Chichen Itza); the atmosphere is breathtaking. It is rarely crowded and on certain nights they allow night visits. You cannot climb anything, the INAH is doing a great job of protecting this sensitive site.

They are currently restoring the Governor Palace stairs using a pre-Hispanic materials formula based on lime. Additionally, there is a program to restore the sac bé (Mayan paved roads) that led to the other site of Kabah in an attempt to make the two sites into an ecological park.

The site was dedicated to the Mayan rain god Chaac. Uniquely, they had no cenotes, only a system of cisterns to collect water.

When I have guests in town, I take them here first.
Written 19 June 2023
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,318 contributions
Apr 2023
This large ancient city is considered one of the most important sites of Mayan culture. See the Pyramid of the Magicians, the Nunnery Quadrangle ( no nuns lived here but the building with small rooms resembled a nunnery and was so named) , the Royal Palace with its lattice stonework. the Turtle House and the the ball court. We also got a glimpse of the Pyramid of the Sun from a distance. It is hot, sunny and humid here and there is some climbing on uneven steps and surfaces. Enjoy!
Written 28 April 2023
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Karrie L
17 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
What a great find!
Spent a few hours wandering the site in Uxmal. Much larger than I expected and no crowds like Chichenitza. They offer personal tours onsite in many languages. Have easy parking and clean washrooms. A few gift shops and food options. Was very happy to not have the mass of vendors yelling at as like Chichenitza which really made that visit less enjoyable. There a a couple in front of Uxmal but nothing obnoxious. I hope they keep it that way. Highly recommend a visit. About 1 hour drive from Merida. We drove ourselves and had no issue finding it. The only negative which was more amusing then anything is you have to buy 2 tickets onsite from two separate ticket windows beside each other and then hand two separate people the two tickets at the entry gate again right beside each other. Not sure why they can’t just make it one ticket lol.
Written 21 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

adrenalinejunkie007
Los Angeles, CA38 contributions
Feb 2023
We took a private trip from Uxmal as the main part of the tour. The site is well-kept and there's plenty to see. The "pyramid" itself can't be climbed but it's definitely a sight to admire. My mother, who had some knee issues was part of our private tour and it was relatively easy for her to get around; there are some places that are stairs-only though they do have ramps around the site.

Side note, if you're not part of the tour, check out the reviews for ChocoStory as it's right across the site and may be worth your consideration.
Written 13 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Darrel B
51 contributions
Feb 2023
Beautifully kept Mayan ruins, great views. Easy to walk around, though area is large. Unfortunately one can not climb any major structures anymore. If you are a photo bug go early to avoid the instagramer wanna be's
Written 28 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Any U
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
Feb 2023
Excellent Mayan site. Splurge for a tour guide, its money well spent. You can no longer climb the pyramids. Since covid, the Governor's Palace is still closed for climbing (Feb 2023). The Pyramid of the Magician still remains closed to climbing since 2009 (it was fun to climb before that though). Excellent site, well preserved, ongoing restorations, easy to get around. Always something new and restored every time we visit. Admission is 495 pesos, but you have to pay cash for the federal tax of 90 pesos, and cash or credit for the 405 pesos for admission. Keep both ticket stubs to get in the park. A tour guide is 950 pesos, split the cost with other couples and make it a better value. A lot of history here and pride in the Mexican archeologists restoring the site. Got more out of this site than Tulum or Chichen Itza.
Written 21 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Compass519134
16 contributions
Feb 2023
In a large archeological site you can admire very well preserved monuments. The huge Uxmal pyramid is very interesting and has an original style, different from other pyramids.
Written 7 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jocelyn D
London, UK301 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
The ruins are well worth visiting each archeological site is different. Here there are no cenotes therefore all the water was collected in underground cisterns. The tops of some are visible the rest have been filled in but you can tell by sinks in the ground where they were.The large pyramid has an unusual shape as it has an oval base There is a ramp up to where you can see the quadrangle of the nuns, alternatively there are steps . The buildings around are very ornamental.The ball court is small . There are great views of the site from the palace of the Governor. We had a guide who was very knowledgeable and well worth taking. We took about two hours at the site
Written 28 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fabian
London, UK3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Beautiful site but they charge so much yet have closed 2/3 the site and the museum is closed. Whoever is running these sites needs to get their act together!!
Written 15 October 2022
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