Best of Uxmal

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Uxmal
Soaring high above the jungle canopy, the towering pyramid of Uxmal’s Casa del Adivino dazzles visitors long before they arrive at one of Mexico’s most impressive archaeological sites. The artistry of the Maya is in full form at this UNESCO World Heritage gem, with richly decorated facades, geometric mosaics, and sculptural elements that adorn its palaces and patios. Guided tours reveal the hidden motifs so central to Mayan identity, and delve into the culture and history of this ancient civilization. 

Beyond the majesty of Mayan treasures, there’s much to discover in the region. Previous kimkim travelers have gained insight into age-old craft traditions still carried on today. During an artisan workshop led by a Mayan family, you can make a jícara (drinking gourd) carved with traditional iconography. Overnighting in the area gives you prime access to Uxmal, entering when it opens and without the crowds.
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Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Yucatán: Yaxunah, Mérida, Valladolid & Uxmal - 14 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Yucatán: Yaxunah, Mérida, Valladolid & Uxmal - 14 Days

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Ancient Uxmal Ruins
Map of Nature & Maya Culture in the Yucatán - 13 Days
Nature & Maya Culture in the Yucatán - 13 Days

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Bacalar Lagoon
Map of Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox & More - 14 Days
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox & More - 14 Days

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Join a boat tour through captivating Sumidero Canyon
Map of Highlights of Chiapas & Yucatán - 13 Days
Highlights of Chiapas & Yucatán - 13 Days

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Map of Family Trip to Chiapas & the Yucatán Peninsula - 14 Days
Family Trip to Chiapas & the Yucatán Peninsula - 14 Days

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Yokdzonot Cenote in Yucatán
Map of Nature & Maya Culture in the Yucatán - 15 Days
Nature & Maya Culture in the Yucatán - 15 Days

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Enjoying the views
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Scuba diving in the Yucatan
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