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“Nicer than Chichen”

Zona Arqueologica Uxmal
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Private Tour: Uxmal and Sotuta de Peon from Merida
Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Merida
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Owner description: An ancient Mayan building thought to be a school and named by a Spanish historian who thought it looked like a European monastery.
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“Nicer than Chichen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

I have now been to both Uxmal and Chichen dozens of times, and I can honestly say that Uxmal does it for me. From the Magician's pyramid (clap your hands and hear the bird call), via the Nunnery Quadrangle with its incredible decorations, to the Palace of the governor and even the Dovecote, it is simply stunning. Although it spread over many square kilometres (37 I think) and had 25,000 inhabitants, a smaller area than at Chichen has been excavated and restored and the buildings are all closer together, making it less tiring to visit. And yes, there is a pyramid you can climb and enjoy the view from, so trainers or plimsolls would be a good idea. And unlike at Chichen, your enjoyment is not spoilt by endless vendours hawking their cheap souvenirs. There are only a few stands, and they are outside the site. A bottle of water, hat and mosquito spray are a good idea, and you can buy drinks and some souvenirs inside the building at the entrance where the bathrooms (impeccably clean) are also located. Of all the Maya ruins in the Yucatan (and I have visited most of them), Uxmal for me is the most impressive.

Visited October 2013
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“Uxmal amazing....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

My first experience travelling to Uxmal was absolutely amazing....the buildings, grounds etc so much to see. Plan enough time to wander, time flies by very fast.
It's definetly a place to return to many times....we've advised many friends to visit, every one of them enjoyed their day.

Visited February 2013
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“Uxmal and its surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

While most people go and visit Chichen Itza and the Big Pyramid, I recommend Uxmal, it is nicer and more beautiful than any other Maya Place, is not as hot as Chichen and there are many places with shade under the trees. There are some hotels nearby if you want to stay which is a great experience, in the middle of the nature. Uxmal has a light and sound show in English at night which is a "Must do" the ticket price its less than 10 dlls. I recommend to drive 15 minutes to Ticul or to Maní where there is a restaurant in both places called "El Príncipe de Tutul Xiú" I am a local and I can say it is the best restaurant in Yucatecan cuisine I had ever tried in my life, and I had travelled quite a bit. You can also visit many shoe stores in Ticul which is a shoe town where local people manufacture inexpensive ladies shoes.

Visited April 2013
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“Mayan Class System”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

Mexico has always had a class system and the Nunnery Quadrangle is a good illustration of this. (By the way, it´s located at Uxmal.) The Spanish gave it that name because of its appearance reminding them of a nunnery built in the shape of a square stone donut with large courtyard in the middle, each side containing small rooms. And each side was designated for a certain class of people: the priests, the nobility, the astronomers, and finally, the lowly people or workers. The story is told by the carved decorations on the façade of each side. The one that I remember the most was the side of the common people: the only decoration was a series of Mayan huts. I liked the simplicity of it.

Visited January 2013
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“A misnomer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2012

A large and awesome space with structures on all 4 sides but not nuns' quarters!! The carvings on the facades are mysterious but impressive, the altar in the centre and the architecture all makes me so curious about the people who lived here so many centuries ago.

Visited December 2012
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