The Mayan city of Uxmal

Uxmal its a great day trip from Merida, and its easy to reach by bus, about an hour drive south of the city.

Uxmal is the biggest  architectural site of Mayan Ruins in Yucatan.The entrance ticket is 203 pesos (11$), and  is open  from 8am until 5pm.

The complex at Uxmal is  less commercial and popular  than Chichen Itza, and is an UNESCO site. Uxmal was constructed around 700AD so it’s older than Chichen Itza. If you plan your visit early in the morning, it’s not crowded at all.

Having a guide helps to understand and contextualise what you are seeing. The Ruins are beautiful and imposing.  This place truly deserves a visit.

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We truly found the Mayan city of Uxmal amazing despite the fact that we end up in the hospital urgencies later that day ?, nothing serious, just another experience 🙂

After climbing one of the pyramids, I saw a stream of blood on my partner’s leg.. it was already dry but you could still see two tiny holes. He didn’t feel anything, and didn’t have any pain, and because the blood was already dry when we saw it, we just thought “can’t be to poisonous….”, so we just carried on enjoying the ruins.

Later after dinner his leg was very swollen and the place where he was  bitten was getting  very infected, so we took a bus to the public hospital. Everybody was nice and helpful despite our little Spanish. The doctor couldn’t tell which animal had bitted him and gave him some pills, and luckily he got better.

if you zoom the picture you can see his leg ?, at this point we had not yet noticed the blood ?

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha


27 thoughts on “The Mayan city of Uxmal

  1. equinoxio21

    Looks like our footprints have crossed. More than once. Sorry about the bite. all ok now?

  2. Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go

    We spent several months in 2013 traveling around the Yucatan, Chiapas and Tabaso areas of Mexico, visiting the Mayan ruins. I really had trouble believing that so few visitors went to Uxmal after we saw it because it ended up being one of our favorite ruins. Uxmal was incredibly beautiful and perhaps part of its appeal was that it wasn’t overrun with tourists. Still, I agree with you that it’s definitely an underrated gem that’s truly amazing. Anita

    • cook the beans

      Hi Anita, thanks so much for your message. I completely agree with you! On my next trip to Mexico I plan to go to Chiapas and Tabasco too 🙂

  3. Raj

    Great travel log and the lovely pictures too. But yes there can be unexpected surprises when trying these places. Glad that it was not a serious one!

    • cook the beans

      Hi Raj, thank you for your appreciation and taking the time to leave a comment 🙂 yes the surprises (when they don’t turn out in anything serious) is one of the things that makes travel exciting and special right?

      • Raj

        Totally agree with you, I have countless experiences like that. During that destress time you would think, why did I come here after all… but after you get back .. you feel that..that experience itself as the highlight of the whole trip. You would recall them throughout your life.. that’s priceless memory actually. Thank you for stressing that out.. Cheers to you!

    • cook the beans

      Thanks Mel and Suan :), I know you will like it a lot, I have seen all of your travel adventures…. keep travelling an sharing the stories!

  4. galby68

    Holy smokes! A snakebite – even just the notion of it – terrifies me. Adding the stealth nature of it, not being discovered until later makes it even scarier! Glad it turned out alright…and don’t worry, I’m not turned off the idea of visiting Uxmal or Chichen Itza at all!

    • cook the beans

      hihi 🙂 maybe just use trousers instead of shorts and you will be fine 🙂 and because was nothing serious we laugh about it… memories happens in unexpected ways 😀 It was a great trip! thanks for passing by, and hope you can visit some Mayan Ruins soon

  5. stephaniesherlock

    I had to reread your blog post, It reminded me so much if Chichen Itza, without all of the visitors. Beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing.

    • cook the beans

      thanks so much, I think that is the biggest difference, the amount of people visit it and that Uxmal doesn’t have any vendors. But both are very impressive in it’s own way.

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