• USD ($)
  • English

Merida RECOMMENDATIONS See all

Mayan Ruins near Merida

By Viator, March 2014

4.5 18 Reviews | Add your review

Uxmal
Pronounced OOSH-mahl, this impressive site 50 miles from Merida is one of the best-restored and awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the Yucatán, as captivating as Chichen Itza but without the Cancun crowds.. This was the main city and religious center in the region for nearly 300 years in the late classical period. Its architecture is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with rich sculptural elements and details. Two pyramids are on site, one smaller one in the traditional style that you can climb, plus the unique curved Pyramid of the Magician (115 feet high) that you cannot.

Location: 1 hour and 15 minutes southwest of Merida
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm every day of the year
Admission: $15 adults, less than $1 for children, including the sound and light show at night.

Chichen Itza
The most-visited site in the Mayan world is often thronged with visitors arriving on tour buses from Cancun, shuffling around in the mid-day sun with a guide. From Merida the trip is shorter and it’s possible to beat the crowds in the morning or arrive after they have left. Chichen Itza is anchored by the principal flat-topped pyramid standing separated from the other buildings, with stairs on four sides. During the equinox, shadows create a serpent pattern on one side.

Other structures include a ball court, an observatory, and several temples in various states of reconstruction. There’s enough here to occupy a few hours.

Location: hour and a half east of Merida off the highway to Cancun
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm every day of the year
Admission: $15 adults, less than $1 for children, including the sound and light show at night.

Dzibilchaltun
The closest site to Merida, Dzibilchaltun (pronounced d’zee-beel-chal-TOON) doesn’t have the wow factor of the major sites in the area, but it’s worth the short trip out for a few unique features and pleasant surroundings. The deep cenote on site is a big draw on a hot day for swimming and the Museo del Pueblo has some well-designed exhibits tracing the Maya people’s history from ancient times to the present.

Despite the lack of any huge pyramids, this city was populated for around 1,000 years and reached an estimated population of 40,000—huge at the time and larger than Uxmal’s. It covers an area of about 19 square kilometers, with the dozens of structures including the Temple of the Seven Dolls, named after the effigies inside. Showing the astronomical and mathematical prowess of the Mayans, the rising sun peeks through it twice a year, during the summer and winter solstice.

Location: 15 kms north from Merida off the highway to Progreso
Hours : 8 am – 5 pm every day
Admission: $10 adults, under $1 children   

The Puuc Route Ruins
This route of ruins running on a loop southwest of Merida includes the manicured archaeological restoration of Uxmal and a range of lesser sites in varying states. X-Lapak and Sayril are little more than unrestored mounds showing how these sites looked when discovered, while Labna and Kabah have more structures to see. Most save Uxmal for last as it’s the closest to Merida and has the most to see

Tours & Tickets

See all

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Merida

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Mayan culture at Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, where a private entrance awaits you – without the lines! This day ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99

Uxmal and Kabah Day Trip from Merida

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Uncover the mysteries of the Yucatan as you explore two significant archeological sites with a local guide – Kabah and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uxmal. ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

2-Day Tour to Chichen Itza and Mayaland Resort from Merida

See one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – Chichen Itza – and unearth the mysterious power of the Maya in the Balankanche Caves. This two-day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $168.99

Uxmal Light and Sound Show from Merida

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the wonders of the ancient Maya by both day and night on an Uxmal sound and light tour from Merida. Take a guided tour of the Nunnery Quadrangle, ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99

Progreso Shore Excursion: Chichen Itza Day Trip

After your cruise ship docks in the Progreso port, take a shore excursion to Chichen Itza! You’ll pass through a private entrance at Mayaland Resort without ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $164.99

Progreso Shore Excursion: Uxmal Day Trip

Embark on a shore excursion to Uxmal – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – when your cruise ship docks in Progreso. Explore one of the Yucatan’s most ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.99

Progreso Shore Excursion: Merida City Sightseeing Tour with Dzibilchaltun Archeological Site

While in port in Progreso, explore the Yucatan on a shore excursion to colonial Merida and the ancient Mayan city of Dzibilchaltun. See the lovely mansions and ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.99

2-Day Uxmal Tour from Merida

Discover the architectural marvel of Uxmal, one of the largest and most significant of the ancient Mayan cities on the Yucatan Peninsula! This overnight trip ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $168.99

See all Mayan Ruins near Merida Tours & Tickets

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message