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Located in the gently undulating Puuc hills, midway between the colonial cities of Campeche & Merida, Uxmal is considered one of the most important of all Mayan sites, on a par with Chichen Itza, Palenque, Calakmul & Tikal.

Founded around 700 AD, Uxmal (pronounced Oosh mahl) reached the height of its power towards the end of the 9th century but, by 1200, the city lay largely abandoned, perhaps as a result of the rise of Chichen Itza to the east.

Uxmal’s primary importance comes from the fact that, for most experts, it represents the high-point in Mayan architecture and art. Perhaps no single building better represents this than the magnificent Pyramid of the Magician which, unlike almost every other Mayan pyramid, has a much softer, more cylindrical design.

Other important buildings within the site include the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor's Palace, the House of the Tortoises and the Ball Court. As with most Mayan sites, much of Uxmal still remains covered by dense vegetation, including the extensive Southern Complex.

As one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s key Mayan sites, Uxmal receives its fair share of visitors although nothing like the numbers drawn to Chichen Itza; Uxmal is simply too far from the east coast to attract day trippers from the numerous beach hotels. Staying locally will generally allow you to visit the site before or after the majority of visitors.

In addition to Uxmal, the surrounding area is home to a number of other impressive Mayan sites, all of which receive very few visitors, namely Kabah, Labna and Sayil.

Uxmal is approximately 90 minutes’ drive from both Merida to the north and Campeche to the south.

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