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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. Personalized attention from your guide is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 25 people.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Uxmal and Kabah Day Trip from Merida

Kabah

Depart from your Merida hotel 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. 

Continue your cultural enlightenment with a visit to the Choco Story Museum, an enticing gallery in which the history and importance of cocoa is explained; gain insight into the cultivation and collection of cocoa before awakening 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 your Merida hotel.

Customer Reviews

Beth H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was fantastic! Our driver picked us up from our hotel right on time, we picked up 2 other couples and were on our way. Once we arrived at Uxmal, our tour guide joined us and decided to start us at Kabah which was less crowded. We were the ONLY people there when we arrived which was perfect. Our guide was so knowledgeable, answered all of our questions well, and provided so much information about the past and current Mayan cultures. He pointed out lots of details and meaining in the structure designs - we were so impressed. He also gave us time to take pictures and we never felt rushed.
When we arrived back at Uxmal, we toured the grounds and were pleased to see the crowds starting to dissipate. Again, our tour guide was an excellent teacher and we all learned so much. We were pleased at his patience and allowing time for pictures and for climbing the pyramid! He was very focused on ensuring that we enjoyed our visit to the max.
After our two site visits, we ate a buffet lunch at the Uxmal hotel site. There was a large group of school children there so it was a little chaotic, but we all managed to get food to please our needs. From there we drove to the Chocolate museum which is just around the corner from Uxmal. We enjoyed the fact that it was self-guided and we could go through the area at our own pace and stop to read the displays as we wanted. This is a well designed museum for learning about cocoa.
A fantastic trip overall - these were our favorite ruins!

Leslie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

As good as if not better than Chichen Itza. My guide Santiago was very knowledgeable. I would suggest having tickets already purchased. I don't think tour guides should have to wait in lines for entrance tickets.

Simon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour which included Uxmal and Kabah ruins, Chocolate museum, a mayan house plus traditions, and lunch. Sadly, Uxmal was the last stop and unfortunately had only an hour and a bit to go around before it closed. Still, would very much recommend this tour to anyone in Merida. Start time could be a bit earlier to include everything. Or probably less time at the chocolate museum, or at least start with Uxmal first as it is really the highlight of this trip.

KYUWON K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Uxmal은 메리다에서 여행하기 쉬운 유적지로 인근의 치첸잇사와는 다른 묘미가 있습니다. 가이드의 친절한 안내와 함께 유적지 구석구석을 살펴볼 수 있었습니다. 무엇보다 관광객이 많치 않아 좋습니다. 두 개의 피라미드 중 한 곳은 꼭대기까지 올라가볼 수 있어서 주변의 아름다운 경치를 한 눈에 볼 수 있습니다. 맛있는 점심식사가 포함되어 있어 좋습니다. 메리다��� 관광한다면 한 번은 꼭 와봐야할 곳입니다.

b.rotter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wonderfully surprising. Climbing pyramids is an experience I will never forget. Excellent tour guide.

Ashley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Todo perfecto! I don't usually like group tours but this one was great! Guided tours are a great way to learn more about Mayan history and culture, and this one was especially helpful since Uxmal and Kabah are smaller, and so don't have as much information posted at the site. Also, I never would have thought to visit Kabah if it hadn't been on this tour, and it ended up being one of my favorite sites!

Selina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome sites to see! This is a good tour to take to see both sites with reasonable time to explore and get some photos. I just wish our tour guide shared more information than he did.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Needless to say, the Mayan ruins at Uxmal and Kabah are fantastic and well worth a visit. I really enjoyed this trip, much more than the Chichen Itza trip I did out of Cancun. The guides were very good, and the included lunch was an excellent three course waiter-served meal, rather than the kind of rushed buffet that one so often gets on such trips. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who finds themselves with a spare day while staying in Merida.

Corbet R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our day trip to Kabah and Uxmal was absolutely amazing! Our guide Agusto was incredibly knowledgable and did a great job sharing his Mayan insight about these two awesome sights. Best part of the tour: almost no people at either site! We could explore freely and it was great. Highly recommend this tour as it made travelling to this spot outside Merida a breeze!

Mario O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great experience! Uxmal and Kabah is not as touristy as Chichen Itza. I would highly recommend this tour as it gives a more different feel than other ruin tours I have been before.

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