Watch closely as the mystifying history and culture of the ancient Maya people is revealed on a full-day expedition of Uxmal, one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico. A 90-minute motor coach ride leads you to what many consider the most beautiful of Mayan ruin sites. Encompassing 150 acres, Uxmal was founded in 500 A.D. as a political hub and housed some 25,000 residents until its abandonment in the 1550s. As you walk alongside an informative guide, admire the site?s Puuc architecture and learn about the astronomical significance of its layout. View elaborately carved facades at the Nunnery Quadrangle, named due to its similarities to a Spanish convent. See the ball court constructed for playing the Mesoamerica ballgame and the long mosaic edifices of the Governor?s Palace. The House of the Turtles is aptly named for its frieze of small turtles lining the building. Uxmal?s tallest structure, the massive Pyramid off the Magician, is a sight to behold. Standing 115 feet high, it dominates the ceremonial center with an unusual elliptical design. Here you?ll also hear Yucatec Maya folklore about its magical dwarf. A box lunch and refreshments will be served on the return trip back to port.
• Uxmal: Spend three hours exploring of one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico alongside a local guide.
• Mayan ruins: View the Nunnery Quadrangle?s intricate carvings, the mosaics of the Governor?s Palace and the House of the Turtles.
• Pyramid of the Magician: The ancient site?s most dominating building has a long ceremonial history, elliptical design and fascinating folklore.
• THIS TOUR IS OPERATED BY A TOUR OPERATOR THAT HAS BEEN THIRD-PARTY VERIFIED TO AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SUSTAINABILITY STANDARD.
What To Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
• Insect repellent
• Bottled water
What To Wear:
• Walking shoes
• Hat and sunglasses
• Light clothing
• Guests must be able to walk over uneven limestone surfaces and loose stones, with inclines and several steps and extended periods of standing.
This is an active excursion involving a lot of walking and stair climbing.
• Guests must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate.
Guests who have concerns must consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.
• Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour ? particularly tours categorized as "strenuous".
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
Pregnant women should not select this tour.
• No flash bulbs, tripods and professional video equipment permitted at ruins.
• Guests taking video in any format (video camera, cell phone, tablet, etc.) within the archaeological site will be charged government fee of approximately $8-$10 USD payable in cash at site.
• Due to ongoing archaeological restorations, only certain structures are accessible to climb.
• Box lunch will consist of a ham and cheese sandwich, bag of chips, muffin, piece of fruit and bottled water.
• The drive to and from the ruins site is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes each way.
• Tour sequence may vary.