I visited Uxmal many years ago with my husband – almost 20 years now! We decided to revisit the ruins with our kids this year. Uxmal is an impressive archaeological site, and generally less crowded than sites like Coba or Chichen-Itza. It is a UNESCO World heritage site, and a great place to put on your Yucatan bucket list.
Uxmal is easy to find, and makes for a nice day trip from Merida.
We drove there with our rental car from Avant Car Rental in Cancun, and it took just over an hour from our AirBnB in Merida.
There were plenty of signs along the way as well, and it made it easy to navigate to the ruins.
There are plenty of signs near the entrance to the ruins, and ample parking.
We headed to the ticket office but were informed we couldn’t bring in our backpacks (only small bags). I don’t know the rationale behind this, but I had to walk all the way back to the car to re-pack everything. My backpack had my daughter’s medication, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, hats, and bug spray. After going back to the car, I left a few items in the car and repacked the items in a smaller bag. It was a little bit of a hassle, and I managed to forget my sunglasses, which was aggravating.
After getting our tickets, we stopped at the bathrooms. The bathrooms here are nice, and it was nice that they have good facilities especially since Uxmal is out of the way for most people to get to.
There are no maps for visitors, and I felt that there was minimal signage when it came to the ruins. There is a mural map and a few signs, but for the most part, you are going to be doing a self-guided tour. I don’t know if the lack of signage is an attempt to get tourists to hire guides instead.
We have hired tour guides before, which was a good experience. Generally, they speak good English and are prepared with binders full of pictures and information. However, we wanted to go on our own schedule, so we skipped the guide for Uxmal.
This site dates back to 800 B.C., and there is a lot of space to roam. While it may not be as large as a site like Coba (where we used bikes and bike taxis), there is a lot of space to explore.
The first thing you see as you enter the site is the main pyramid – Pyramid of the Magician. It measures over 100′ tall, and guests cannot climb the temple.
The largest pyramid in the Yucatan, Nohuch Mul, is at Coba, reaching 138′, and the pyramid at Chichen-Itza is 98′. The Pyramid of the Magician is also an impressive height, and in great condition. It has a unique elliptical base, and the shape is noticeably different from other temples (such as Chichen-Itza).
The Temple of the Columns is a neat structure, and also a nice place to pause for a moment in the shade.
The House of the Governor at Uxmal is an impressive structure, and it has a two-headed jaguar throne in front. This platform was a place of performance.
There is a traditional Mayan ball court here, which is a must see when you check out ruins in the area.
Many of the structures had protruding carved birds or other decorative elements.
We had a great time wandering around the ruins and checking out the different structures.
Uxmal was far less crowded than other large ruins, which was a nice change.
You can visit Uxmal online at https://www.inah.gob.mx/zonas/110-zona-arqueologica-de-uxmal
This place is so cool to visit. Can you climb up the pyramid?
Amazing. I would love to see this in person one day. I am all about history.
I’m always so fascinated by those ancient ruins. I would love to visit them one day.
I’m always amazed when I hear about structures like this with all this history and they’re still standing. I’d love to see this!
You visit such beautiful places, I’d love to see some wild iguanas too!
I love pictures of places I’ve never been to. Thanks for sharing those. Those lizards are creepy. We have them here in Florida.
It looks beautiful. I hope to visit some day to see them myself.
This looks like a fun place to explore. I think that I would have enjoyed having a guide around so that I could know what I was looking at.
The Uxmal ruins seem fantastic wow!!! I would love to go to Mexico and explore this gorgeous country. Soon I hope…
My family loves to travel. This will be on our bucket list! I love seeing historical sites and imagining the people who lived there.
Thank you for sharing all of your great photos. Myself and my husband would love to visit these magical places some day.
I remember visiting years ago and had a wonderful time. It’s incredible to see how well maintained the ruins are! I hope to return one day again.
I did a project in school about the Mayan temples. It would be so neat to visit in person one day!
Ohhh Mexico is definitely on my bucket list to visit! It is great to hear you had such a great, eductaional time and that you took your children along! What ages are they? Mine is still a todler so maybe I will need to wait a few years.
Uxmal looks absolutely amazing! I’ve always loved those Mayan temples. They’re beautiful and so full of history and culture.
Oh wow! I’d love to visit there. I know there are a lot of ruins in Mexico, but these look fabulous to see!
Such a beautiful place to visit Specially if it is school tour. Thanks
This is so interesting. Finding out the history of a place is always so fascinating.
I went here before and wow it was an experience for sure! I loved it. Such an amazing place to visit
Wow! The place looks awesome and marvelous! The structure is just so mesmerizing and nostalgic! I hope we can too, visit this in the near future!
Ohh this is so detailed guide to Uxmal. You have explained all the pros and cons so vividly. And the structure of the ruins are amazing. And pictures of your post are so lively.
Wow! This is an awesome guide to Uxmel! Love the pictures and all you provided! Thank you!
This place looks amazing. I never knew that Mexico has some great places like this. Thank you for sharing!
This looks like a wonderful place to visit some day in Mexico. The structures truly are stunning and worth the trip. Thanks for sharing!
It is absolutely breathtaking. I would love to go there to see all of the structures. It’s amazing how long ago these buildings were built and how they are still standing strong.
It is amazing to see online and I bet even better in person. The iguana I just want to see online and not in person, hahahaha
I have not been to Mexico before but your post has somehow taken me on a journey to Uxmal to see it first hand how it looks like. I hope I can visit it for myself one day
Nnniiicccceeeee…these ruins still have some good life in them. I love the sight of that giant lizard.
It looks like a great place to visit . Mexico is really so beautiful. I would love to visit here someday
Wow! This is place is awesome. Would love to explore the ruins too. Thank you for the heads up regarding the missing/ few signs and maps, will just consider getting a guide since we’re going to be first time visitors. I am sure the kids would enjoy seeing the Pyramid of the Magician. Thank you for sharing your experience.