Uxmal Ruins – Yucatan Peninsula Mexico

Uxmal Ruins – Yucatan Peninsula Mexico

posted in: Mayan Ruins, Mexico, Photos, The Sights | 2

We headed here after we left Merida, I think in need of some non-city culture. The ioverlander app had told us that we could camp at the ruins in a field so as an antithesis to city life we felt it was a good next move.

The sudden driving/travelling after so long stationary was a bit of a shock but out weighed by the newness of the scenery and the unknown rolling road ahead. Hanna was driving like we hadn’t known her probably since Canada and the world felt good.

When we arrived at Uxmal we were directed to a field next to the parking for the ruins and we had our first chance to put up our mosquito proof room that Sas had sown in Merida. It hangs from the awning and is made of black netting with a shiny silver and black skirt. We had designed this for the express purpose of being able to be outside after Mosquito time (which some days seemed to start almost after lunch) otherwise we had found that we just retreated into Hanna’s very comfortable interior and we lost the connection to the environment and the beauty of the evenings in and around the jungle. It was an immediate hit entering and exiting without admitting unwanted guests was a bit tricky but it was a great outcome and all for the princely sum of £18 (and a lot of hard work for Sas).

 

Camping in a field between the Pool and the Ruins - Uxmal, Yucatan
Camping in a field between the Pool and the Ruins – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

The field that we were told to set up in was functional and away from traffic – we had to pay the ruins carpark attendant 100 pesos per night and as a bonus for 50 pesos each we could use the pool at the hotel on the other side of the field – all in all a great place to spend a few days.

The ruins had, though, a light and sound show after dusk. So we paid for the night access and were shown to a row of chairs atop a platform around the central plaza and awaited the ‘sound and light’ show. It was good … really … and if I spoke Spanish and could understand all of the narration I am sure it would have been better. The lights set-in to the ruins spaced out in front of us spread across the jungle were spectacular and with a funky bass-line instead of the narration we could have had a right old rave … but I digress.

The next day we returned early to see for ourselves what we could only glimpse the night before. And it was amazing, as we spent hours wandering and scrambling and exploring the many different sites and temples, here they let you climb all over most of the ruins gaining altitude and viewing the ruins from above the jungle top is something that is quite often missing at the other sites (understandably).

 

Uxmal Main Pyramid - Yucatan
Uxmal Main Pyramid – Yucatan

 

Behind the Main Pyramid - Uxmal, Yucatan
Behind the Main Pyramid – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Faces Everywhere - Uxmal, Yucatan
Faces Everywhere – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

HIgh Up Faces - Definitely Awesome Religious Power - Uxmal, Yucatan
HIgh Up Faces – Definitely Awesome Religious Power – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Entering the Arena from this Direction - Made to Cower - Uxmal, Yucatan
Entering the Arena from this Direction – Made to Cower – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

The Main Plaza - Uxmal, Yucatan
The Main Plaza – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

More Faces - Uxmal, Yucatan
More Faces – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Some Old and Restored - For Simon - Uxmal, Yucatan
Some Old and Restored – For Simon – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Across the Plaza From the Light Show Viewing Platform - Uxmal, Yucatan
Across the Plaza From the Light Show Viewing Platform – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

The Serpent God - Uxmal, Yucatan
The Serpent God – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Jorges The Iguana - Only kidding his name is Fred - Uxmal, Yucatan
Jorges The Iguana – Only kidding his name is Fred – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Stone Masons Doodling - Uxmal, Yucatan
Stone Masons Doodling – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

On Top of the World - Again - Uxmal, Yucatan
On Top of the World – Again – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Crazy Little Fellow - Uxmal, Yucatan
Crazy Little Fellow – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Long Tongued Dude - Uxmal, Yucatan
Long Tongued Dude – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

So Much Great Architectural Detail - Uxmal, Yucatan
So Much Great Architectural Detail – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

So Much to See - Uxmal, Yucatan
So Much to See – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Another Plaza - Less Well Restored - Uxmal, Yucatan
Another Plaza – Less Well Restored – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

So Don't Do It! - Rising that is - Uxmal, Yucatan
So Don’t Do It! – Rising that is – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Caribbean Pirates Me Hearties - Uxmal, Yucatan
Caribbean Pirates Me Hearties – Uxmal, Yucatan

 

Each site has enough differences to make each visit worth while, of that I am sure. But looking back I can see that after the Tulum ruins, Chichen Itza, the ruins in Izamal; Uxmal had to work very hard to attract my interest and it did a plenty.

We stayed 3 days instead of 2 and that speaks to the peace and tranquility of the camping as well as the facilities and the ruins themselves. After this we pushed on for Palenque via Campeche and Escarcega.

2 Responses

  1. chris taylor
    | Reply

    are dogs welcome a these places?

    • Mark
      | Reply

      Hi Chris – Thanks for visiting our blog. The honest answer is that I don’t know as we are not travelling with a dog. But I know many overlanders that are and have never heard of anyone being refused entry with a dog. Hope that helps. Regards Mark and Sas

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