Uxmal

A city of Mystery and Legend

The city of Uxmal is associated with mystery and legend. One story suggests that the city’s first king was bested by a magical dwarf named Itzamna, who won the position as Uxmal’s king by constructing the tallest monument in the city in one night. That ceremonial pyramid is now known as the “Pyramid of the Magician” or the “Pyramid of the Soothsayer.” You can sense the history here as you walk around and gaze at the stunning architecture and majestic layout of this ancient city.

The experience

Get ready to have fun and explore what once was a major complex city in the maya civilization. History and culture in this tour guided by our super host and the Uxmal expert guides. But not everthing is history, the water factor is present in the tour when visiting a beautiful mayan cenote to refresh us in the crystaline water​.

Uxmal archaelogical site

Socially and artistically, Uxmal was one of the most important cities in the Mayan World. Being no less majestic and magical than Chichen Itza, the fact Uxmal is less visited by tourists, makes it a much more enticing and awe-inspiring Mayan ruin experience.

Part of the charm when visiting Uxmal is that you actually walk through the city, climb pyramids, walk through arches and from one point of the mayan city to the other.

Uxmal style is characteristic of the Puuc style, of which Uxmal may be the best representative.
The fine carvings and the elegance of its architecture shows that Uxmal was a political, administrative and trade Centre of major importance. With up to 25000 inhabitants, for about 300 years Uxmal was the most powerful site in western Yucatán, and in alliance with Chichén Itza, dominated all of the northern Maya area.
Even today while the city has been abandoned for centuries, its majesty still radiates. Indeed, Uxmal is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture.

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cenote experience

Our commitment is to the Maya communities. For our tours to cenotes, we always prefer those one operated by Mayan communities (Cooperativas) rather than business men cenotes. The coperativas manage the operation and benefit directly from it.

Yucatán has approximately 7,000 cenotes, but dont be overwhelmed, our MGT Host and Cenote Expert Ricardo, knows best about where to take you.

 

To learn more about Cenotes, what represented for the mayas and how the cenotes are related to that meteor that vanished the dinosaurs, click here

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hacienda

Haciendas in Mexico were the basis of an economic system begun by the Spaniards in the 16th century, similar to the feudal system of Europe. They were efficient manufacturing centers that produced Sisal (in Yucatan). Over time, haciendas became symbols of wealth and culture, adorned with architecture, furnishings and art from around the world.

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choco story museum

What seems like a total tourist trap, located right across from Uxmal, is actually an extremely well-done museum that goes far beyond the story of chocolate. Mayans are credited with the discovery cocoa after all, so the museum does examine its origins here. But Choco-Story ultimately delves deep into the Mayan civilization and culture, which we found to be more in-depth and informative than the onsite museum at neighboring Uxmal, or any of the other ruin sites for that matter. 

ADDED VALUE

LGBTQ+

Our commitment is to the LGBTQ+ community by increasing visibility. When people are able to see something represented, they are better able to understand and grasp who those people are, and this creates an important shift in the social consciousness to include people from a range of different backgrounds.

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While Equal Marriage is allowed by the Supreme Constitution of México, States needs to change their own Constitution. Slowly, most of the states in Mexico have done it since 2013. In the case of Yucatán, we are still on the fight with the local conservative congress to pass the bill.

Environment

Our commitment is to the environment. We are living at the edge of a time where sustainability actions are a must. As in every part of the world, Yucatan has its own specific environmental challenges. It’s our responsibility to pass this knowledge to our customers to reduce impact on nature while still enjoying it.

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