Just outside the city of Merida in the state of Yucatan stands this ancient Mayan city that was once home to 20,000 people.
The city name translates to “Thrice Built,” which refers to its tallest structure, The Pyramid of the Magician, which was built on top of existing pyramids.
The city is an important stop on the Ruta Puuc, which is a driving road that connects neighboring Mayan cities.
Three related cities are Kabah, Labna, and Sayil. Puuc refers to both a region and a style of architecture.
Uxmal was at its peak around the 10th century. In the 15th century, it was abandoned.
Today Uxmal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans about 150 acres and includes many structures that visitors are able to climb.