After Palenque and Yaxchilan done in close succession, we were not sure if we were going to visit any more Mayan ruins while in Mexico. We had visited Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba during past trips and thought we had seen the best of the best. We were wrong! Uxmal, another UNESCO World Heritage site along the 41 kilometer Ruta Puuc (an area filled with Puuc Mayan ruins) not only surprised us, but impressed the hell out of both of us. The only negative was that it was the most expensive site we have visited, it cost over $30 dollars for us both to enter. When you are used to paying around $4 dollars, it seemed crazy expensive. Welcome to the Yucatan!
Also, you can camp for $9 in the parking lot of the ruins, very convenient for the night time laser light show that is included in the price of your ticket. It is a rather ugly campsite, but across the street is a great tropical feeling hotel with a pool, bathroom and nice outdoor shower. You can use the pool if you pay $8. After visiting the ruins, it was the best money I have spent in months. Wow it was hot here during the day!
And then if you still have energy you can come back at night for the rather long and somewhat boring laser light show. The whole thing was in Spanish, and kind of played out like a tela novella. I understood things about no rain and a princess who did not want to marry the prince from Chichen Itza….
The lights were pretty cool though, and it was a warm balmy night and we were hanging out with an Australian family who is motorcycling the PanAm that we keep running into over and over. They are really fun and so hard core! Oh, and you could always leave if you get really bored.