Travel Tuesday: Uxmal

Mayan regret’s Uxmal.


Pronounced “oosh-mawl,” Uxmal was one of the greatest Maya cities. The city was built sometime during the 5th or 6th centuries A.D., but archaeological evidence suggests that the area had been inhabited as a farming center since as far back as 800 B.C. The city shows no architectural styles other than the purely Maya “Puuc” style. This is odd considering the widespread influence of other cultures in the region. The grandest structure of the site is the Pyramid of the Magician. Though not a true pyramid (it is elliptical, not square), the pyramid is a marvel, standing 38 meters tall with a staircase at a 60 degree angle, the pyramid is tall and steep. The view from the top, if you can handle the climb, is marvelous.

This one was sad since I was so close to it, but I didn’t bring enough money with me to take the side trip to see the place.  That was during my very, very broke (hell, looks like I have done a 180, still broke) days.  I plan on doing a Mayan tour starting in Mexico and moving along Central  America.  Have a good one.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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