Uxmal is considered by many archaeologists to be one of the finest examples of an ancient Maya city. It is also one of the most fascinating and moving to visit. Much detail still remains on the ruins.
Between 600-900 AD Uxmal was one of the largest and most important cities of the Yucatan peninsula. At its peak, Uxmal was home to approximately 25,000 residents and was the center of much important trade with nearby communities. “Uxmal” (thrice built in Mayan) refers to the construction of Uxmal's largest structure, the Pyramid of the Magician. The Maya often build over existing temples - in the case of Uxmal, five layers of construction have been uncovered.
Facilities at the entrance are excellent, with cafeterias, souvenir shops and toilet facilities. There is also a small museum and auditorium. If you arrive early, skip the museum and see the site first before the heat is too uncomfortable. From Mérida, follow Highway 261 in the direction of Campeche. The site is about 70 miles (110 km) from Mérida and it should take about an hour by car. The entrance is very well signed by the 261. We recommend hiring a car as the best way to see Uxmal and the other Puuc sites with some flexibility. Otherwise, take a tour from Mérida.