UXMAL RUINS, YUCATAN MEXICO - THE BACKPACKING

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

UXMAL RUINS, YUCATAN MEXICO

noble design , atmosphere and spectacular jungle pyramids and temples of pink limestone Uxmal make one of the most picturesque ancient cities in the Puuc region , meaning " hills " in Yucatec Maya , as the ruins of Uxmal are in mountainous terrain . This site designated by UNESCO as a
World Heritage Site , was one of the most important Mayan settlement in Yucatan, which flourished during the Late Classic period. Uxmal means " thrice built " in Yucatec Maya , and refers to the construction of the Pyramid of the Magician , this oval building is unique in its kind and is the tallest structure on the site. It was built in stages and their influence , believed to spread to central Mexico , is reflected in its architecture .

 Puuc style architecture features intricate carvings , mosaics of geometric designs carved in stone and Chac masks , these details can be appreciated along the ruins of Uxmal and can be admired best in the Nunnery Quadrangle and the ornate facade of the Governor's Palace.

Climb to the top of the second largest pyramid in Uxmal, the Great Pyramid, for a spectacular view of the ruins of Uxmal and the Puuc region that surrounds it. Unlike other Mayan cities of Yucatan , Uxmal lacked natural sources of water, so the rain god , Chac, was particularly appreciated by the inhabitants of the ancient city. Chultún nearby (tank ) at the entrance to the ruins of Uxmal was used to store water on site . Today, the ruins of Uxmal are home to a huge population of iguanas , so often we see these gigantic creatures basking on the old platforms and temples. Visit Uxmal in day trips , for trips, or combining a visit to the ruins with a tour along the Puuc Route to visit the Mayan archeological sites nearby to Kabah , Sayil , Xlapak and Labná .