UXMAL TRAVEL GUIDE
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Of the two classy hotels in the immediate vicinity of Uxmal, The Lodge at Uxmal ($$$$, US toll-free 800/235-4079, www.mayaland.com) is the closest; itís right in the parking lot of the archaeological site. Wi-Fi extends to the bar, lobby and pool, but not the guest rooms. Satellite TV offers up only four channels (at this writing), but rooms are charming and comfortable, with air-conditioning and ceiling fan. The price includes tax but not breakfast.
About a 10- to 15-minute walk from the ruins is Hacienda Uxmal ($$$$, US toll-free 800/235-4079, www.mayaland.com). The former hacienda was remodeled in 2002; past guests include Queen Elizabeth of England and Prince Philip, the Prince and Princess of Monaco, Jacqueline Kennedy, and other luminaries. Each guest room has a terrace or balcony, a/c, ceiling fan, and satellite TV. The beautiful hotel has Wi-Fi in the public areas (but at this writing, not in guest rooms), a bar, several restaurants, a swimming pool and spa. As is The Lodge at Uxmal, itís run by the Mayaland Group.
The next closest lodgings are in Santa Elena; see the Southern Yucatan State article for other things to do in the area and the Southern Yucatan State Travel Guide for hotel and restaurant recommendations and travel info.
The archaeological site is open 365 days a year from 8 to 5. Between separate INAH and CONACULTA fees, the cost is now approximately US$12 or about 150 pesos. For a small additional cost you can see the light and sound show, at 7PM in the autumn and winter months and 8PM the rest of the year.
The archaeological site is 78 km (48.5 miles) south of Merida. Head south on Highway 180 and continue on Highway 261. From Uxmal itís another 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) to Santa Elena, a sweet little town with a few nice lodgings and restaurants. Another option is to overnight in larger (but still not large) Ticul, 36 kilometers (22.5 miles) from Uxmal. Near Yucatan stateís southern border, Uxmal is only 158 km (98 miles) from the charming and eponymous state capital of the vastly underrated state of Campeche.
By Car Although bus travel in Mexico is reliable and convenient, itís much more rewarding to do this area by car. There are so many sites to see and not all are right off the highway. Having a car (and spending several nights if possible), allows you the option of visiting area haciendas like Ochil and Yaxcopoil, the Chocolate Museum, and Yucatanís many limestone sinkholes, as well as the smaller archaeological sites of the Ruta Puuc.
If you want to go by bus from Merida, these depart from the second-class ADO terminal (Calle 69 between Calles 68 and 70, tel. 999/924-0830). On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays a charte