5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

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

Best Uxmal and Kabah Day Trip from Merida

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. Learn about the Puuc architectural styles of the ancient Maya at spectacular pyramids and buildings such as the Pyramid of the Magician, the Governor's Palace, the Palace of Chaac Masks and the Arch of Kabah. Stop by Hacienda Uxmal Hotel for lunch and some free time at the swimming pool before return transport to Merida! Enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 25 people.


  • Day tour of Kabah and Uxmal from Merida
  • Drive down the Yucatan Peninsula and visit two ancient Mayan cities
  • Admire the archeological wonder of Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See the Palace of Chaac Masks and the Arch of Kabah
  • Learn about Puuc architecture at the Pyramid of the Magician and Governor's Palace
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 people ensures a personalized experience with an expert guide

What You Can Expect

Best Uxmal and Kabah Day Trip from Merida


After hotel pickup in Merida by air-conditioned minivan, your first stop on the Yucatan Peninsula is Kabah – archeological site of a Mayan city that flourished around the year 800 AD. Situated in a series of low-lying hills, Kabah is known as the second largest religious center in the Puuc-style.

When you arrive, your guide will lead your small group on a one-hour tour of the grounds and enlighten you about the significance of each feature. See Kabah’s beautiful Palace, located on a high esplanade forming a quadrangle, and visit the Codz Pop, or Palace of the Masks, famous for its impressive facade of more than 250 masks of the rain god, Chaac. Admire these figures, as well as statues of Mayan rulers, all finely cut from stone and positioned in a magnificent design.

Follow your guide through the Arch of Kabah, which marks the entrance to the Sacbe, an ancient path that links Kabah to Uxmal. Then, hop back in your vehicle for a short drive to Uxmal, where you’ll spend three hours admiring impressive structures designed with geometrical figures and see more masks of the Mayan’s most significant deity, Chaac.

At the Nunnery Quadrangle, whose friezes represent owls and serpents, learn about the meaning of the four multi-level buildings arranged around a central plaza. Look up at the oval-shaped Pyramid of the Magician (the Pyramid of the Soothsayer), unrivaled in the beauty of its precise design. View more than 100 images of Chaac on the façade of the Governor’s Palace, where a central doorway was built in astronomical alignment with the planets.

You'll also visit the Choco Story Museum. Here, learn about the history of cocoa, its importance to the Mayas, the way it's cultivated and the traditional process to make chocolate. Then, explore the beautiful botanical gardens of the Hacienda Uxmal Hotel as you dine on a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, your guide will gather your small group for the return trip to Merida, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great trip, great guide, will rate in more detail on Tripadvisor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

In awe at the start!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide Raoul was AMAZING, he knew so much was really good at communicating it. Definately book this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting and beautiful tour. Kabah and Uxmal are amazing places. Lunch was also very good, a big and delicious buffet in a lodge close to Uxmal's entrance. We had a great day, I highly recommend this tour.

Rima K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is more interesting than Chichen Itza in some ways, depending on your interests. Kalahari is a small site but worth seeing. The views you get from the palace at Uxmal are worth the walk up. Our guide, Agusto, was very good also amiable and knows the sites well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The trip was very interesting, educational, and enjoyable.
We were picked up on time, but were joined with another group as our designated guide was sick. In total, we were 5 couples (10 people), joined by Augusto the guide, who was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Though his accent was not so easy to digest, he provided us with plenty of information on Kabah and Uxmal and was very interesting to hear.

Lunch was good, transportation was OK, and we kept good time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This was a very interesting and well organized tour.
The guide, Francisco was very friendly and provided all the information about Uxmal and Kabah.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

It was an excellent tour. Very interesting sites and wonderful tour guide.
these sites are less well known but are well worth the visit.
Having a tour guide who is passionate and knowledgable makes all the difference.
I would highly recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our guide Elias was exceptional. Very knowledgeable, friendly and considerate. Knows the history of the area. If we go back he is the only guide we will use.

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