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  • Location: Merida, Mexico
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
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 from Merida takes you on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – including the Pyramid of the Magician and Governor's Palace – set amid rolling hills and steeped in mystery. Be amazed by the evening Uxmal light and sound show from the Nunnery Quadrangle, plus an optional tour of nearby Kabah. Enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 25 people.

Highlights

  • 2-day trip to Uxmal with optional Kabah tour
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uxmal, one of the largest Yucatan cities of the Mayan civilization
  • Admire architectural wonders like the Pyramid of the Magician, Governor's Palace and Nunnery Quadrangle
  • Watch the magnificent Uxmal Sound and Light Show
  • Take an optional tour of Kabah to see the Palace of Masks
  • Enjoy lunch, breakfast and round-trip transport by minivan
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 people ensures a personalized experience with an expert guide

What You Can Expect

2-Day Uxmal Tour from Merida

Explore Uxmal in the Yucatan

Your overnight trip to the famous Mayan city of Uxmal includes a luxurious night’s stay at Hotel Hacienda Uxmal, with full access to swimming pools, botanical gardens and nature trails. On this small-group tour, enjoy two complimentary meals plus round-trip transport from Merida by air-conditioned minivan.

Itinerary

Day 1: Merida – Uxmal (L)
Set out from your Merida hotel by minivan to Uxmal, located about 48 miles (78 km) away. Upon arrival, tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide, who will enlighten your small group about the distinctive architectonic style and decorative design of the buildings.

Explore the archaeological site, which is uniquely situated amid hills in the Puuc (Mayan for ‘mountain range’) region. This architectural marvel, reaching 115 feet (35 meters) skyward, is renowned for its precise construction and unrivaled beauty.

Visit the Nunnery Quadrangle and admire its magnificent friezes depicting owls, serpents and the Mayan rain god Chac. Learn about the significance of the façades and lower walls of its four buildings, each set at a different level around Uxmal's central plaza.

See the Governor's Palace, a rectangular residence covering an area of more than 3,940 square feet (1,200 square meters), whose frieze reveals the image of Chac more than 100 times. Discover the astronomical alignment of its central doorway, and take a peek at the double-headed jaguar throne nearby.

After your tour, enjoy lunch at Hacienda Uxmal, followed by an afternoon at leisure. Relax at your hotel with full access to the swimming pools and botanical gardens. Take a dip or sunbathe on a lounge chair, or take a walk on the nature trail to the Old Hacienda.

In the evening, head back to the archeological site for the Uxmal Sound and Light Show, staged nightly in the Nunnery Quadrangle. This superb setting under the stars includes music, dialogue and illumination of Uxmal’s temples and pyramids – an unforgettable spectacle on the history and legends of the ancient Mayan city, including its rise and fall.

Overnight: Hacienda Uxmal Hotel in Uxmal

Day 2: Uxmal – Merida (B)
After breakfast, either visit the archaeological park again on your own or take an optional guided tour of the Mayan city of Kabah – just a 20-minute drive from Uxmal. The Puuc-style buildings of Kabah date to the 9th century, and the city was abandoned around 1200 AD.

If you choose this option, follow your guide through the archeological site to the famous Palace of Masks, whose façade is covered with hundreds of stone masks depicting the rain god Chac. You’ll also view the ceremonial arch, considered the entrance to the sacbé – a Mayan causeway linking Kabah with Uxmal via a 16-foot (5-meter) wide raised walkway.

Back at your hotel, relax during the afternoon before return transport to Merida.
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