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Mayan Archaeological Sites
Chichen Itza
Ruta Puuc
Ek Balam
          World Heritage. Few places still remain with as many details in the carvings of the buildings as this archaeological site, making it a mayan architectural treasure.
          Uxmal is one of the most important archaeological sites of Mayan culture, is located in the Puuc (hill) zone and is the most representative of this style. Uxmal has 2 possible meanings. "Three-time built" or "what is to come, the future"; the latter more acceptable and thus coincides with a mystical tradition of the city.
          It is estimated that Uxmal was founded in the seventh century, its first occupation; was subsequently occupied by ethnic known as Tutul Xiues, which probably came from central Mexico in the tenth century, introducing their influences, as the cult of Tlaloc and Quetzalcoatl; equivalents for the Maya were Chaac, rain god and Kukulcán (feathered serpent), considered one of the creator gods. Nevertheless the god Chaac is present in Uxmal and whole Puuc area before the arrival of the Xiues, due to the high dependence on rain of the Puuc area.

Architectural style
          The Puuc architectural style is dominant in the site and inlcudes low walls smooth and the top friezes with ornate finishes representing their typical cottages (walls and ceilings), snakes linked and in some cases double-headed, masks of the rain god,Chaac, with big noses representing the rays, we also found feathered serpents with gaping.
          The most representative buildings of the place are the governor's palace, the quadrangle of the nuns, the great pyramid, the ball game, the home of the turtles, jaguars platform, the pigeon house, the house of iguano, among many other; the pyramid of the seer stands out because it is the only rounded pyramid of the Mayan world and is the result of multiple constructions of eras and architectural styles.

Light and Sound Show
          Everyday a light and sound show takes place in this archaeological site; legends of the creation of the site, its history, traditions, beliefs are told and how came to an end this amazing city; at the same time shows a set of colored lights on the buildings, emphasizing some details that the naked eye are difficult to observe.
          The show takes place at 8 pm in the evening during the summer schedule (from the first Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October) and at 7 pm during winter schedule.

Timetable & Fares
For the Archaeological Zone
Timetable: it's open everyday of the year, from 8:00 am a 5:00 pm.
Fare for nationals: $132 pesos.
Fare for foreigners: $188 pesos.
Only for the Light & Sound Show
Timetable: at 8:00 pm en in the summer time (from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October) and at 7:00 pm in the winter time.
Fare for nationals: $50 pesos.
Fare for foreigners: $75 pesos.
Fare for the parking lot: $22 pesos for cars, $33 pesos for buses and overnight $131 pesos.
  • Access to Chichen Itza is free for nationals on sunday with identification, except for the light & sound show.
  • From monday to saturday discounts for students, teachers and seniors (Inapam) apply with valid identification; discount only for the visit to the zone, not to the light & sound show.

  • Location & How to Get There
    Location: Uxmal is located 80 km from Merida, in the southern state of Yucatan.
    How to Get to Uxmal from Merida
    • How to Get by Bus: from TAME terminal of 2nd class, located on the 69th street between 68th and 70th in Merida downtown, the timetable is at 6:00, 9:05, 10:40, 12:05 y 14:35 hrs; the price of the ticket is $70.00 pesos, gets there in 1 and a half hr; the bus stops at the entrance of the zone.
    • How to Get by Car: take the 65th street until Itzaes avenue, here you'll find the the signal for the highway to Uxmal, the trip takes 1 hr.

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