Uxmal

Uxmal – 1 memorable night

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Visiting Uxmal

Visiting with my family was a mix of my strong sensations in Mexico – the splendour of the ruins, the hotel (giving the sensation of a five-star safari) and… “Moctezuma revenge”, the typical traveller disease that 5 AM made me take my eldest son to Muna, searching for medical assistance to face a fever reaching 41º Celsius.

Unforgettable!

Magician pyramid

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Visiting Uxmal – Magician Pyramid

This is the biggest and most impressive of the monuments in this ruins, and climbing to the the top is… imperative. We do it with small steps and, once there, we turn around and the world collapses!

“There are” no steps ahead of you, only a steep high ramp. While you think how to go back down, the pyramid bounces, in a strange sensation of movement, given by the clouds passing by.

There is not much to see there, the views are wide but generally green, and it is time to descend. A heavy chain runs down along the narrow steps that of course, are still there but looking much smaller than when they were almost at your eyes’ level.

Two options: Some of us used the feet a little across the small steps, and ran down in a controlled cadence; the other sat in the small steps, grabbing the chain, and dragged down step by step. No problems, but much more emotion than expected.

Playground

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Visiting Uxmal – Playground

Well preserved, this playground allows us to understand easily how the game was played.

However, with so small and so high rings the score should be very far from the actual basketball values, and, if we remember that the usual award in these games was… life…

The observatory

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Visiting Uxmal – Observatory

I couldn’t get an answer to a couple of buildings clearly… out of the context. One of them explained as… “maybe an observatory”, another one a ruin of a Spanish church.

Still waiting to be classified, they said!

Museum

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Visiting Uxmal – Museum

I was so impressed visiting Uxmal (the site, the ruins, the preserved nature around them…) that I only had a quick look at the objects displayed in the visitor center.

My fault, justifying the warning – don’t imitate me, and try to see with attention the small objects collected from the ruins.

Hotel0 ​Hacienda Uxmal – Colonial memories

Hacienda Uxmal
Hacienda Uxmal by solopes
Hacienda Uxmal
Hacienda Uxmal

A mix of comfort and respect for nature, in an old, classical building. While in the pool, we would not be surprised if a rhinoceros or elephant would come from the jungle (garden).

The colonial architecture integrated well in the green landscape, with the low hotel disappearing in the vegetation if we walk a few meters away. There were only a few guests, and service was gentle and efficient.

A very good experience.

Address: Km 78 road Merida-Campeche, Uxmal

Website: Hacienda Uxmal

Moctezuma revenge

Uxmal 10a
Uxmal 10a

After the memorable visit to the ruins, the night at the spectacular hotel was promising, but it went wrong. At 5 am, my eldest son appeared burning with a 41º fever, which forced me to run immediately to find a doctor, who was only available in Unna, 16 km away. I went inside the doctor’s house, thinking it was an office, only realizing my mistake when the doctor’s mother got out of the hammock where she was sleeping and approached me.
Mother and son were very friendly, the consultation went well, and the traveller’s diagnosed fever was fully confirmed, passing in less than 48 hours.
Everything ended well, but the scare was unforgettable.

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