Uxmal, Our Favorite Mayan Site Anywhere

Uxmal Mayan Ruins, Mexico

We’ve visited ancient Mayan cities from Mexico’s Chichen Itza to Guatemala’s Tikal along with a slew of others in between. And while some of those sites are larger, more historically important, or were more fun to get to, none impressed us as much as Uxmal.

Throne of the Jaguar, Uxmal Mayan Ruins, Mexico

Throne of the Jaguar

Located in Yucatan, Mexico, about an hour’s drive south of Merida, Uxmal is considered one of the best preserved Mayan sites anywhere. It certainly seemed that way to us.  

Quadrangle of the Nuns, Uxmal

Quadrangle of the Nuns

Many of the detailed frescos that other Mayan ruins have lost to time remain intact at Uxmal.

I also found the site topography more visually pleasing than anywhere else we visited. With many of the structures situated high on hilltops you get good ruin views from nearly everywhere in the park.

Uxmal Mayan Ruins Mexico

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9 Comments on “Uxmal, Our Favorite Mayan Site Anywhere”

  1. Bojenn January 25, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    The photography is informative and so inviting. Thank you, I want to visit there as soon as possible. Lovely.


  2. Les Petits Pas de Juls January 25, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Uxmal definitely is high on my list of favorite Mayan site; it’s the one I recommend the most to anyone coming to the Yucatan too. Because of its beauty, its secluded side, less touristy and so well-preserved, as you remarked too.

    My mother visited it with me 3 years ago and agreed on that too! 😉


  3. Jane Lurie January 26, 2016 at 12:52 am #



  4. Bulldog Travels January 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    My favorite ruins in the region too! You have great taste!


  5. Saad Waqar January 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm #

    Really Awesome!!!!


  6. Marilyn Albright January 30, 2016 at 4:43 am #

    Definitely magnificent! Many of the buildings in Mitla, an archaeological site in Oaxaca, have designs on them that are very similar to those in #2 photo, and quite different from other sites in this area. The indigenous people here are not Mayan, but most commonly Zapotec.


  7. تور تایلند July 15, 2017 at 4:28 am #

    Awesome article, Great, & Informative..Wonderful article you wrote.


  8. Golden Triangle Tour 3 Days May 9, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    Thanks for sharing UXMAL history by these wonderful images. The town of Uxmal was constructed to align with certain concepts of astronomy that related to the beliefs and culture of the Mayas who lived there. As you explore the area, you’ll pass a long, low building constructed on a huge platform.


  9. Aman October 8, 2018 at 6:24 am #

    Its a Gem for travellers i have heard a lot about this beautiful place. Thanks for sharing with us.


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