YUCATÁN | Uxmal 

June 2022. Although I have been in Mexico before, the last time was in 1994-1995. Twenty-seven years later, Oriol and I are doing a classic tour of the United Mexican States, featuring Mexico City (CDMX); Palenque in Chiapas; Villahermosa in Tabasco; Uxmal, Mérida, Chichen Itza, Ek’ Balam, Valladolid,  and a few cenotes (waterholes) in Yucatán and Tulum in Quintana Roo. We returned via Cancún to CDMX and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichen Itza and Calakmul in Mexico; Caracol and Xunantunich in Belize; and Tikal in Guatemala

Big temple.

It is located in the Puuc region of the eastern Yucatán Peninsula, and is considered one of the Maya cities most representative of the region’s dominant architectural style. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance.

Uxmal is located 62 km south of Mérida, capital of Yucatán. Its buildings are noted for their size and decoration. Ancient roads called ‘sacbes‘ connect the buildings, and also were built to other cities in the area.

Its buildings are typical of the Puuc style, with smooth low walls that open on ornate friezes based on representations of typical Maya huts. These are represented by columns, representing the reeds used for the walls of the huts, and trapezoidal shapes, representing the thatched roofs. 

Entwined snakes and, in many cases two-headed snakes are used for masks of the rain god, Chaac; its big noses represent the rays of the storms. Feathered serpents with open fangs are shown leaving from the same human beings. Also seen in some cities are the influences of the Nahua peoples, who followed the cult of Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc. These were integrated with the original elements of the Puuc tradition.

The buildings take advantage of the terrain to gain height and acquire important volumes, including the Pyramid of the Magician, with five levels, and the Governor’s Palace, which covers an area of more than 1,200 m2 (12,917 sq ft). 

Notable buildings

  • The Governor’s Palace.
  • The Adivino, a.k.a. the Pyramid of the Magician or the Pyramid of the Dwarf.
  • The Nunnery Quadrangle.
  • The Ballcourt.

A visit

We booked a tour with Travelezza. Gabriel was both the drive and the guide. He did a really good job, with insightful information and being thoughtful.

Uxmal, it turns out, is quiet archeological site. That is nice. 

It was very warm and we should have used mosquito repellent. I was eaten alive!

Mexico 2022

  1. REVIEW | KLM Amsterdam Schiphol to Mexico City on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in economy.
  2. MEXICO CITY | Zócalo.
  3. MEXICO CITY | Templo Mayor.
  4. REVIEW | Hotel Carlota in Mexico City.
  5. MEXICO | Teotihuacan.
  6. MEXICO CITY | National Museum of Anthropology or Museo Nacional de Antropología.
  7. FORMULA 1 MEXICO CITY GRAND PRIX | Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
  8. MEXICO CITY | Museo Nacional de Historia at Castillo de Chapultepec.
  9. MEXICO CITY | Frida Kahlo Museum.
  10. MEXICO CITY | Coyoacán.
  11. Mexico City 2022.
  12. REVIEW | Mexico City – Villahermosa with Volaris.
  13. MEXICO | Palenque.
  14. REVIEW | Hotel Zyan Rooms in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.
  15. MEXICO | Villahermosa in Tabasco.
  16. REVIEW | Aeroméxico Villahermosa – Mexico City – Mérida on Boeing 737-8 MAX.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Wonderful post! Thank’s Timothy.
    Nice day!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. pedmar10 says:

    Beautiful pictures ! unfortunately for me when visited was to see family not seen in years in Merida and had no time to go else. I have been south in Quintana Roo which is by the coast there just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Unfortunately, spmetimes that happens. We’ve been to QR too ;-).

      Liked by 1 person

      1. pedmar10 says:

        When with family away so far, hard to see something else indeed.

        Liked by 1 person

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