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The Puuc Route
          The Puuc Route is considered a Mayan treasure in the southern state of Yucatan. To know this route is a journey to the era of the greatest stone sculptors.
          Puuc in mayan language means hill and is the highest region of the Yucatan Peninsula, only a few tens of meters. The Puuc Route is an area that covers the southern state of Yucatan and northern Campeche, a large number of archaeological sites have been found here, some of which are being restored and can be visited, while many others are badly damaged by the inevitable passage of time and advancement of the jungle.
          The Puuc route has been regarded as home of the true Maya, this means that developed and evolved with its own culture; although in the last stage and as was most of the teritory of Yucatan, this area was influenced by civilizations of central Mexico, but to a lesser degree compared to other regions. Most sites are in the jungle, so the lush vegetation and the typical fauna have become part of them, giving a rustic and natural look.

Puuc Style
          Due to the very particular style architecture of this region, was given the name of Puuc. The structures of this style are smooth and unadorned walls from the floor to the height of the entrances or doors; above this limit, which corresponds to the upper facade, it is common to find carved fretwork, masks of the rain god, Chaac, thatched huts, garlands, small columns, thrones and feather headdresses and animals of the region.
          It can be distinguished within the Puuc, a more sober style and one considered exaggerated puuc. In both styles abound carved details, but in the Puuc exaggerated the size and details are much bigger, for example, the masks of god chaac are larger and noses of up to 1 meter in length. Examples of sober puuc are the sites of Oxkintok and Uxmal and exaggerated puuc Kabah and Labna.

          In its heyday, Kabah was as important as Uxmal in terms of population and dimensions of the city. So now you can see on many buildings the fine carving stone that characterized this city.
          Some of the most important buildings are the Temple of the Sun and The Codz Pop; Kabah has also one of the largest chultunes found in the region, these were structures for storing rainwater in large quantities, where it is found not only artistic skill but also the skill to build of Mayan people.

          Its name means "Place of Ants". Among its most important buildings include The Grand Palace in three levels in his heyday had 85 rooms and may had served to manage the city, this building has decorations of the god Chaac, found throughout the area and other gods.
          El Mirador, one of the oldest buildings on the site. You can also visit the temple of the Extreme South, the Ball Court and a group of carved stones with hieroglyphs which have not been deciphered.

          Its name means "Old Walls", in this archaeological site has found a building richly decorated with masks of the god Chac. The most prominent building is "The Palace", which has 9 rooms in three rows each, there is another very similar construction with small columns and stones known as one hundred feet.
          This archaeological site is under restoration, so you can find many rocks around the place apparently as a part of the land, but in reality are part of ancient buildings.

          Its name means "Old House" and this place can be one of the oldest sites discovered and the vast majority is still unexplored.
          Among its most important buildings are The Grand Palace, which had about 70 cameras, and decorated with mask of the god Chaac and snakeheads, Triumphal Arch, this is one of the most important buildings and one of the most decorated Mayan arches that have been found. You can also see The Mirador and The Building of the small columns.
          Uxmal is part of the Puuc Route too, but because of its importance and size is considered separately.

Timetable & Fares
Timetable: the zones of the Puuc Route open everyday of the year, from 8:00 am a 5:00 pm.
General Fare (nationals and Foreigners): in Kabah, Sayil and Labna is of $43 pesos each, in Xlapc is free.
  • Access to the Puuc Route is free for nationals on sunday, with identification.
  • From monday to saturday discounts for students, teachers and seniors (Inapam) apply with valid identification.

  • Location & How to Get There
    Location: The Puuc Route is located south of the state of Yucatán, the first and most important is Uxmal 80 km from the city of Merida; from there and on the same road is located Kabah to 22 Km from Uxmal, Sayil is 9 Km Kabah, then Xlapak to 5 km from Sayil and the last one Labna, 3 km from Xlapac.
    How to Get to the Puuc Routefrom Merida
    • How to Get by Bus: there is only one bus for the Puuc, which leaves from TAME terminal of 2nd class on sundays at 8:00 am. The price of the ticket is $155 pesos the rountrip. The bus visiti first the last one, which is Labna then Xlapac, Sayil and Kabah; in these zones the bus gives 30 minutes to visit each zone and the last one is Uxmal where the bus gives 2 hrs. The bus comes back to Merida at 4:30 pm. The price doesn't include the entrance fares.
    • How to Get by Car: from Merida downtown take the 65th street until the Itzaes avenue, here you'll find the signal to the highway to Uxmal, the trip takes 1 hour to Uxmal and from there you can start the visit to the Puuc Route on the same hihgway.

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