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Discover the mystical allure of two of the Yucatan’s most significant archeological sites on a full-day tour to Kabah and Uxmal from Merida. Learn about ancient architectural styles and Mayan mysteries as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites with a knowledgeable guide. Discover legendary buildings like the Pyramid of the Magician, the Governer;s Palace and the Arch of Kabah before enjoying a traditional Mexican lunch at the luxurious Hacienda Uxmal Hotel.
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
Depart from Merida in an air-conditioned minivan to the first stop on your archeological adventure. Arrive at Kabah, a prosperous Mayan city that flourished around the year 800 AD, to discover more about the renowned Puuc architectural style.
Follow your guide to a selection of noteworthy structures and listen as he explains the historical and cultural significance of their features. Admire Kabah’s picturesque Palace and marvel at the impressive façade of the Palace of the Masks, famed for its 250 strong compilation of rain god depictions. Gaze at magnificent monuments of prominent Mayan figures as your guide directs your attention to the intricate stone carvings of the statues.
Wander beneath the dramatic Arch of Kabal as your guide leads you down the ancient and ambient path that connects Kabah to Uxmal. Return to your minivan for the short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Uxmal to enjoy a 3-hour exploration of the ancient Mayan city.
Note the prominence of the Mayan deity Chaac, god of rain, through the countless masks and sculptures that decorate Uxmal’s sacred structures. Visit the Nunnery Quadrangle to learn the meaning behind serpentine symbols and absorb the ethereal atmosphere at the Pyramid of the Magician as your guide unravels a complex and captivating history. On the façade of the Governer’s Palace, observe more than 100 images of Chaac and appreciate the astronomical precision of the central doorway.
Afterward, awaken your senses to the gorgeous sights and smells of Hacienda Uxmal Hotel’s botanical garden. Dine on a delicious lunch of regional and international specialties before relaxing on the return-trip to Merida.
Zona Arqueologica Uxmal
Your first stop will be Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth or anecdote. It is situated within a series of hills known as the Puuc or "mountainous area" in Maya. The name was later given to describe the architectural style of the region, such as the colossal Magicians Pyramid, impressive Governor´s Palace, intricate Dove´s Temple and Grand Nuns Quadrangle.
The archaeological structures and buildings located throughout Uxmal are ornamented with geometrical figures and masks of the rain god, Chaac. The rain god was considered by the Maya people as one of the most important of their deities.
Have lunch at either the beautiful Hacienda Uxmal or in the gardens of the Lodge of Uxmal surrounded by unique Maya Palapas.
Next, visit Kabah, a Puuc-style city that flourished around the year 800 AD. Kabah is known as the second largest religious center in the Puuc-style. (Puuc is the Mayan name given to a series of low-lying hills with a unique culture and style.)
After sightseeing, enjoy the beautiful pool and gardens of the Hacienda Uxmal Hotel.
We will depart at 4:00 pm from Uxmal in order to be in Merida around 5:00 pm.
Good tour from Medina. Guide (who was our driver as well) arrived in time on a very comfortable minibus: there was just 3 attendants plus the guide itself. Guide was very polite, speaking a good english and quite familiar with the archeological parks: he well introduced us to both Mayan sites of Kabah & Uxmal with a perfect match of ruins explanations and free time to explore and take pictures. A smooth and easy lunch in a very cool location. I'm very happy.
Our Guide and driver Rosenda made the day with his knowledge of history, the environment and Mayan culture. The Tour began on time with a review of the day and what to expect followed by the drive to Kabah in a very comfortable, clean van. At Kabah, Rosenda provided an informative tour pointing out many aspects that would be overlooked if not with a guide. A short drive to Uxmal allowed for a water break and cool down. Rosenda provided an equally thorough commentary about Uxmal within the timeframe. A very nice outside lunch was provided followed by a Planetarium show that added to the information from Rosenda. The drive back was again comfortably cool and relaxing. Also, Rosenda was very professional, an excellent driver whose English and French were very good. It was an unusually hot day (be aware of that) and Rosenda cooled the van as needed, and provided water for all passengers.
We did the tour on February 20 with Rosendo Pech as our guide. He was absolutely fabulous - very friendly and knowledgeable. Went above and beyond on the tour. We were a group of 5 which was perfect. Very personalized.
Freddy was our guide and we had an excellent excursion. He is knowledgeable and friendly and easily went between English and Spanish as we had a mixed group.
He dropped us off at our home after a long hot day, which was much appreciated! Fabulous lunch at the lodge after climbing the ruins.
Highly recommend this tour and especially Freddy.
Our guide Freddy Hoil was patient, kind, and most of all informative! He let everyone take their time at the different locations, and switched between English and Spanish (we had a bilingual group), with ease. He taught us the history in a way that was detailed but really easy to grasp. Our experience would have been much poorer without a guide, much less one of Freddy's caliber. Lo agradecemos! A few notes: you can leave your stuff in the van while you're at the site, but I highly recommend taking a lot of water + extra sunscreen, maybe also bug spray. Our tour departed Valladolid at 815a but due to the tour schedule lunch was not until about 2pm. You can eat in the van (but not at the historical sites). I recommend having a hearty breakfast and also bringing snacks for the van so you have enough energy to climb the Gran pirámide at Uxmal. Finally, note that there's about 3.5-4 hours in the van total, so plan accordingly (bring a book, something to nap on, etc).
The newer Mercedes van was clean and very comfortable. Rosendo, our driver and guide was like a professor. His excellent mastery of English, Spanish and the Mayan language made him a perfect guide. The lunch was one of the better meals I have had, and having it at the Mayaland hotel made it even better. One of the best tours I have been on in my years visiting Mexico.
Our guide was well informed and able to answer all our questions. Sites were impressive and in excellent condition. Transportation was comfortable. Lunch was a 3-course meal and very tasty. Worth every penny.