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Overview

Unravel the Mayan mysteries and architectural marvels of one of Mexico’s most significant and spectacular archeological sites, on a 2-day tour to Uxmal from Merida. Explore the sacred structures of the UNESCO World Heritage Site with a knowledgeable guide, visiting legendary landmarks like the Governor’s Palace and the Pyramid of the Magician. Awaken your senses to the explosive colors and vibrant sounds of the Uxmal light and sound show during a spectacular nighttime show.
  • 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
On this unforgettable overnight trip from Merida, enjoy luxurious accommodation at the lavish Hotel Hacienda Uxmal, with full use of the fabulous facilities. Treat your taste buds to two complimentary meals, relax with round-trip transportation and appreciate personalized attention on this small-group tour.

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.
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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a
, Jan 2017

Everything about this tour was fabulous. The hotel was amazing. It was a pleasure to stay there for the evening and next day.

R
, Aug 2016

The tour was not the same as the description. We started the day at Kabah and then to Uxmal. kabah was supposed to be the second day. We did Kabah and Uxmal in one day and it was very difficult to do both. I did not book two sites on the same day for good reasons.The guide forgot to drop me to my Hotel in Uxmal and had to turn around and return to the Hotel. The light show was not included according to the hotel. Since there was no one there to escort me I did not get to see the light show. Very disappointing tour for 220.00USD. I did not get what I paid for.

S
, Mar 2016

This tour was more than I expected including my stay at Hacienda Uxmal!!!

K
, Dec 2014

Combining Kabah and Uxmal was definitely the way to go. They are both fascinating in their own way and Augusto, our guide, did a wonderful job explaining everything, and answering our questions in great detail. The hotel was great (and very uncrowded for this time of year). Wonderful staff, great pool, and plenty of birds to listen to around the pool.


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