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Private Uxmal Mayan Ruins Excursion from Progreso

Progreso (Yucatan), Mexico (Excursion ID S1353)

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  • Duration
    6 hours 15 min
  • Activity Level
  • Minimum Age
    All Ages
  • Languages
    EN | ES


  • Private, round trip transportation from your Progreso cruise ship terminal!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed and insured transportation!
  • Private, English speaking certified shore excursion guide!
  • Entrance fee to Uxmal Mayan ruins included!
  • Get away from the cruise ship crowds on your private Mayan ruins shore excursion!

Get away from the crowded ship excursions of other Mayan ruins.

No need to take the free shuttle from the pier into Progreso to meet your excursion since your private guide and air-conditioned transportation will be waiting just outside the Progreso cruise terminal to begin your personal exploration of the famous ruins of Uxmal. Uxmal is comparable to the Chichen-Itza Mayan ruins; however, they are much less crowded but equally impressive.

Located about 50 miles from Merida City, your travel time will be approximately 1.5-hours. Along the route, your guide will be giving you an informative and educational insight to the Mayan civilization, Uxmal ruins and the Yucatan area. Uxmal, pronounced Ush-Mal, is considered to be one of the most representative of the region's Mayan architectural style and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arriving at Uxmal, your guide will show you some of the many buildings that are noted for their decoration, size and state of preservation. You will see the "sacbes", the ancient roads made from white crushed stone that connect the buildings on site and lead out to some of the other Mayan cities in the area. See some of the famous structures with intricately carved facades, the plazas and pyramids on the grounds.

See the Pyramid of the Dwarf, noted in author John Stephens' book "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan". According to Stephens, the pyramid was magically constructed overnight by a dwarf as a challenge issued by the governor/ruler of Uxmal. The pyramid is also known as the Pyramid of the Magician and has 5 levels.

Some of the other structures include the Governor's Palace covering over 13,000 square feet, the Ball Court, the House of the Turtles, the Nun's Quadrangle and many more. Adding to the mystery of Uxmal, you will learn that during the site's inauguration the sound system started playing the Mayan prayer to Chaac, the Mayan rain god when a sudden torrential downpour opened up out of a totally clear sky.

Your private Uxmal cruise excursion guide and transportation will take you back to the Progreso cruise ship pier at the end of the excursion.

There are 4 sizes of vehicles used - each has different pricing. Contact us for groups of 20+.

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Explore and experience a private guided excursion of Uxmal - see the impressive, ornate structures of the famous un-crowded ruins.


4 Reviews

     5/5  April 2017
Six women of Wyoming took the Carnival Valor cruise (5-nite) and elected to book the Uxmal excursion through Excursioneer. Have to agree that the trip from the pier to the "bus stop" was exciting, and to boot, the driver did not understand that we needed to go to the main bus stop, not the market place. We managed to find someone at the market place to direct us to the exit and the correct meeting place -- not. After ten minutes of standing on the street, a nice man took our reservation info and contacted Excursioneer, and we were found! From that point one, it was extraordinary. It is about and hour and a half to the ruins, but our guide, Misile, as absolutely marvelous. He maintained a professional demeanor without be stuffy, and was warm and funny. Misile told us so much history, especially regarding tracking the seasons, the days, the months. We did do some climbing and unclimbing, so be warned, it is a bit physical, but so worth it. When the tour was over, we stopped at a restaurant recommended by Misile, and OMG-- the food was to die for. Chicken and pork cooked in some sort of pit and so tender and moisture it was unreal. Also the salsa and chips were fresh (salsa had a bite). And then there were the cucarachas. You just need to experience that for yourself. We were back to the ship with time to spare, with one of the most memorable experiences of our lives.
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El Paso, TX
Great experience!
     5/5  December 2016
We did this excursion with a group of 9 ranging in age from 18 to 80. It was SO SO nice to be in a private tour. Link up with our guide Raul was quick and easy. We were a few minutes late but he was there and we didnt have to wait for anyone. At the site the large tour groups seemed to just disperse but we had Raul with us the entire time sharing his HUGE amount of knowledge. So this tour was great because it was private, because Raul was awesome, and because I got the sense that Uxmal is much quieter than other ruin locations while being very very impressive. Do it!
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Blanding, Utah
Loved it. But was sketchy at first
     4/5  July 2015
We loved this excursion and our guide was very good. The only sketchy and scary part was from the ship until we found the Shore Excursioneer's meeting place. The city of Progreso was kind of scary and the bus that took us from the ship to Progreso did not drop us off where he was supposed to. Everyone on the bus was upset and things got heated. Luckily a random little old man looked at our ticket and walked us to the Shore Exursioneer meeting place. Without this man I dont know how we would have ever found our Shore Excursioneer guide. The man lead us through the streets of Progreso for about 10 min. and I felt scared. But the scariest part was the bus ride from the ship to city of Progeso. There is no handicap accessibility or accommodations at all. The road is very skinny and the drivers go way too fast. In the city of Progreso be prepared to be hounded and mauled by sellers. Friends of ours went to the public beach and they had no peace at all; the people chased them and mauled them trying to sell stuff. I dont know if it is possible but if ShoreExcursioneer met their clients at the ship and rode with them from the ship to the meeting place it would be better. The bus rides from the ship to Progreso are free; so it would have been nice to have our guide with us the during that part too. I say that because our Shore Excursioneeer guide was awesome! The ruins were awesome! The information the guide gave us was awesome! Take some water and maybe even snacks because its a long trip but it was totally worth it.
Private Uxmal Mayan Ruins Excursion from Progreso Loved it. But was sketchy at first Private Uxmal Mayan Ruins Excursion from Progreso Loved it. But was sketchy at first Show Management Response

Good for a private tour
     4/5  October 2013
We had 8 in our group so this was a good price option. We had a little more flexibility as we were the only ones with our guide. It was more personal and we got to ask many questions that we might not get to do in a larger group. We would all recommend.
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