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'''La Ruta Puuc''' is an official name given to a 41 km network of secondary roads through [[Yucatán|Yucatán state]] along which one can tour Mexico's Mayan Puuc cultural heritage. The route is marked with signs. Important sites on the route include '''Uxmal''', '''Kabah''', and '''Labna'''. Puuc is the Mayan word for "hills", and the Puuc region of the Yucatan is area of small rolling hills on a peninsula which is otherwise quite flat. Some travelers spend several days visiting all the sites along this route.  
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'''La Ruta Puuc''' is an official name given to a 41 km network of secondary roads through [[Yucatán|Yucatán state]] along which one can tour Mexico's Mayan Puuc cultural heritage. The route is marked with signs. Important sites on the route include '''Uxmal''', '''Kabah''', and '''Labna'''. Puuc is the Mayan word for "hills", and the Puuc region of the Yucatan is area of small rolling hills on a peninsula which is otherwise quite flat. Some travellers spend several days visiting all the sites along this route.  
  
 
In Mayan archeology, the Puuc style is is characterized by the elaborate ornamentation of the facades of ceremonial buildings such as temples and palaces, using limestone quarried in the region.  
 
In Mayan archeology, the Puuc style is is characterized by the elaborate ornamentation of the facades of ceremonial buildings such as temples and palaces, using limestone quarried in the region.  
  
== List of Mayan archeological sites on the Ruta Puuc ==
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== Mayan archeological sites on the Ruta Puuc ==
* '''[[Uxmal]]'''. An important Mayan spiritual center, it features the Pyramid of the Magician.
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* '''[[Kabah]]'''
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* [[Uxmal]] - important Mayan spiritual center, it features the Pyramid of the Magician
* '''[[Sayil]]'''
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* Kabah
* '''[[Labna]]'''. Labna is famed for its enttrance arch, its Palace of Columns, and for an obelisk (Stele 9) that is believed to be a huge phallic symbol.
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* Sayil
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* [[Labna]] - famed for its entrance arch, its Palace of Columns, and for an obelisk (Stele 9) that is believed to be a huge phallic symbol
 
* X'lapak
 
* X'lapak
* '''[[Loltún]]'''. A system of underground caves, known as a cenote in the Yucatan, in which one can see evidence of Mayan ceremonial practices.
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* Loltún - a system of underground caves (cenotes) in which one can see evidence of Mayan ceremonial practices
  
 
== Getting there ==
 
== Getting there ==
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* ATS offers a daily bus tour, including Sundays, leaving from the Merida's 2nd class bus station at 8:00 am. On Sundays, entrance to the sites is free.
 
* ATS offers a daily bus tour, including Sundays, leaving from the Merida's 2nd class bus station at 8:00 am. On Sundays, entrance to the sites is free.
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Revision as of 08:43, 30 April 2007

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La Ruta Puuc is an official name given to a 41 km network of secondary roads through Yucatán state along which one can tour Mexico's Mayan Puuc cultural heritage. The route is marked with signs. Important sites on the route include Uxmal, Kabah, and Labna. Puuc is the Mayan word for "hills", and the Puuc region of the Yucatan is area of small rolling hills on a peninsula which is otherwise quite flat. Some travellers spend several days visiting all the sites along this route.

In Mayan archeology, the Puuc style is is characterized by the elaborate ornamentation of the facades of ceremonial buildings such as temples and palaces, using limestone quarried in the region.

Mayan archeological sites on the Ruta Puuc

  • Uxmal - important Mayan spiritual center, it features the Pyramid of the Magician
  • Kabah
  • Sayil
  • Labna - famed for its entrance arch, its Palace of Columns, and for an obelisk (Stele 9) that is believed to be a huge phallic symbol
  • X'lapak
  • Loltún - a system of underground caves (cenotes) in which one can see evidence of Mayan ceremonial practices

Getting there

  • ATS offers a daily bus tour, including Sundays, leaving from the Merida's 2nd class bus station at 8:00 am. On Sundays, entrance to the sites is free.


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