Mérida to Uxmal,Yucatan, Mexico December 9, 2023
I was awake at 4 a.m. partly because I’d shut off my light at 8 p.m! I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. Is that a loser or what? Once I woke up thinking it must be morning and it was 9:45! Frick! I guess it’s expected if you’re up at 4 because you’ve got 4+ hours in before a normal person even thinks about getting up. This is a huge reason why I don’t like sleeping in dorms. My timetable is different so I am awakened continuously as people settle in for the night and then I have to tiptoe around not to wake anyone up so early.
My goal today was to get to Uxmal to see the ruins-
I walked to the ADO bus terminal which is about 10 minutes away and stood in line for 15 minutes to get my ticket. I was glad I went early. I got a front seat which I like because I watch the road-
Along the way there were a lot of groups celebrating La Virgen de Guadalupe- or Mary. Her day is December 12 so people are celebrating all weekend with signs and they run/walk along the highway. This group was just heading out-
In about 1.5 hours, we arrived and I was touring by 10:30. It’s expensive, costing $39, nothing was marked and there was only one explanation board.
Uxmal is a Mayan town in the Puuc region of the Yucatan. It was founded in 700 A.D. and survived until about 1000. 25,000 people lived here. The way the buildings are aligned shows they understood astronomy.
The Pyramid of the Soothsayer/Magician is also called the Adivino Pyramid and is 115 feet tall. It faces east in reverance to the sun-
The Quadrangle of the Nuns (Monja’s) has 74 rooms facing into the courtyard and buildings on 4 sides. It wasn’t a nunnery at all, but that’s what it reminded the Spaniards of so that’s what they called it. The west and north buildings-
The corners with the face of Chaac the rain god-
The Grand Pyramid apparently offers a great view from the top but since COVID, it can no longer be climbed. That’s it in the distance-
There are other foundations around the site-
and other unnamed buildings-