Uxmal And Kabah Early Access Tour From Merida

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Enjoy an early access tour to two main archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula: Uxmal and Kabah. Accompanied by a professional guide, you'll tour these places and discover all about the richness of the Maya civilization. As you get there early, you'll enjoy the tranquility of the places without the crowds, making this a not-to-be-missed experience. Your tour includes transportation and lunch.


  • Lunch included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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After hotel pickup in Merida, start your drive to Uxmal. Once there and accompanied by a professional guide, you'll get to visit the Maya-style temples where the Maya civilization left its mark in the area. Enjoy the tranquility of this early-morning tour without the huge crowds.
Visit the Temple of the Magician, which according to the mythology of this place was built by a dwarf king. Then, see the Nunnery, which highlights the Puuc style, this style is characterized by smooth walls and decorated frieze. Finally, visit the Governors Palace, with a faade of more than 20,000 tiles considered the most beautiful in the Maya area.
After visiting Uxmal, you will drive to Cananahs restaurant and enjoy a delicious a la carte meal. Then, you'll go to the archaeological site of Kabah. This area has two important buildings of the Mayan culture. First, you'll see the Codz Pop (Carpet funky) temple belonging to the God of Water Chaac, in this building seven sculptures of Mayan rulers were found. Then, you'll visit the Palace Teocalli. Once you are done with the tour, you'll head back to Merida.

Inclusions for Uxmal And Kabah Early Access Tour From Merida

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • A la carte meal
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the archaeological sites

Exclusions for Uxmal And Kabah Early Access Tour From Merida

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Our excursion to Uxmal and Kabah was absolutely amazing! The sites themselves were so interesting, and our guide, Manuel, was very knowledgable and explained the Puuc style of architecture, as it differs from the ruins in, for example, Chichen Itza. The sites were pleasantly uncrowded, with limited vendors, and lots of time to take in all the structures and listen to detailed explanation from Manuel, regarding restoration and function. We were impressed with Manuel's knowledge, and his patience, in answering our questions. Lunch was pleasant, and we had a number of extensive travellers amongst us, so it was interesting to hear their plans, and where in Mexico and South America they were travelling too. Our driver, Joaquin, was excellent, and very open to answering questions, and offering advice.

  • Pros: lunch was very yummy, guide was informational, we got about an hour of free time to wander at Uxmal, driver dropped us off nearer our Airbnb at the end of the day

    Cons: waited 1.5 hours for the bus to pick us up

    The directions said to be ready 30-60 minutes in advance of departure time. Since we weren't staying at a hotel, we told them we'd be in front of the nearest one. This meant sitting on the curb of a busy street for 90 minutes. When I called at departure time the woman at the tour company seemed genuinely confused why we would have expected the bus already. When I called back twenty minutes later she apologized and said something had kept the driver. I wish the directions would have specifically said something like please be ready for to go by 8:30 and call if you haven't been picked up by 9:15. Something like this would have put my mind at ease. I don't mind waiting, but it seemed like no one else followed the directions or was worried by our late take off.

    I would have preferred more Mayan history and less architectural information, but that's just me.

  • This was an outstanding tour that was made even better by the expertise of our guide, Raoul, who was not content to repeat the same old tired legends about the Mayans but challenged some of the long-held beliefs about these peoples. It was quite refreshing. He demonstrated the fascinating quetzal echo at the Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal and provided insights into the positioning of the buildings on the administrative quadrangle. On the way to Kabah, we stopped at a hacienda that has been in the same family for several hundred years but is now being worked by Mayan tenant farmers. It was an unexpected bonus stop that added value to the tour. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and climbing at the archaeological sites. The humidity was relatively low the day we took the tour, but I imagine it can be a bear depending upon the season. Though no one is required to do the most arduous climbs, the elevated areas provide the best vistas for photographs, so you'll probably push yourself to find the high places. You'll be more than ready for the nice lunch at a picturesque restaurant just outside the Uxmal archaeological zone.

  • I'd heard this was a really amazing tour and that was definitely accurate! The ruins were extremely and the guide was interesting, helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our lunch was crazy delicious! The guide left us at lunch to go lead another tour and unfortunately I didn't get a chance to tip him. I'll share my great pictures so you'll see a little bit of what I saw--bring a zoom lens if you like to photograph crazy jungle birds. My favorite part was the opportunity to meet other travelers from around the world and hear their interesting stories. It was a great day, a great meal, and everyone felt like a friend by the end of the day.

  • We booked this tour through Viator and they worked it through Amigo Tours. We were told pickup at the hotel would be at 9AM in the lobby and we were there and ready from around 8:30'ish. The tour bus arrived around 9:40 and we were the last to be picked up.
    After a short drive to Uxmal our guide gave us a not so in depth tour. He seemed only somewhat knowledgeable about the site. However Uxmal itself was truly astounding! From there we went to Kabah, which was considerably smaller than I realized, only about 2 or 3 restored buildings. Climbing the steep and narrow stairs up was a little difficult and would suggest that Viator or any other tour make sure to mention that visiting these sites would be difficult for anyone with a physical disability. However, here again I must say that the buildings that were restored or just about were beautiful and well worth seeing.

  • Great experience and excellent guide! Highly recommended!

  • Amazing tour! Even though we were picked up late it was an hour late it was totally worth it. We were transported in a very comfortable couch with air conditioning. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered everybody's questions. The tour takes the whole day, we finally departed around 10 am after picking up people and came back around 6 pm. Food was delicious.

  • The tour started with a hotel pick up which was great. We then spent close to an hour doing other hotel pickups - a good way to see the city but we seemed to be circling around to some hotels in the one way system - it would have been much more efficient to have the driver's assistant walk to a number of hotels and collect people in one place where the hotels are close by to save time. I also get car sick so this made the start of the trip a bit challenging.
    We then proceeded to a hacienda where we had some information about the agave industry. It was a good stop but could have been shortened so that we could get to the ruins more quickly. We also spent less time at some of the ruin sites than I would have liked and would have preferred the time spent at the hacienda to have been used at the ruins.
    At Uxmal, the entry was a breeze and the site was much less crowded than others eg Chichen. We went around the main parts of the site and had some time to explore on our own / climb to the top of one of the pyramids. The explanations provided were good. The tour was bilingual and the guide dealt with this well - eg questions asked by one group and answers were then repeated and explained so that everyone had the same information.
    We then went to lunch which had a great choice including some local specialities. We only had to pay for drinks which were reasonable.
    Our final stop was Kabah which was an interesting site with very few visitors. It was interesting to see the differences to the Uxmal site. We even went across the road to see a gate on the old Mayan road between the sites which was great to see.
    We arrived home quite late having packed in a lot into a day. It was an excellent overall day.

  • Pick up on time. Small group. Knowledgeable guide. Fair English. Plenty time to visit the sites by yourselves.

  • This is a really great tour. Itś a long day but both sites are fun to visit, the guide was good, and the lunch was fantastic. Park entry was included so this was a very good value! Pedro spoke good English and has been doing the job for 30 years so knew his stuff.

    I also took the Cuzama Cenotes Adventure Tour but Viator does recognize that I did so I am reviewing that here as well. That tour was not as good mostly because the guide did not speak English and the lunch was not prepared fresh. I might have gone anyway but it would be nice to know before hand that I would not be able to understand anything. We stopped at a small pyramid and church but the descriptions meant nothing to me. Stay away from that tour unless you speak Spanish!

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