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All about Kabah in Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

Main Category: Day Trips

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Author: Tobias

The former Mayan city Kabah is the second most important Mayan archaelogical zone in the Puuc region after Uxmal. Kabah is about 105km away from Mérida. The journey by car takes about 1h 20min from the city center of Mérida and the place is most of the time tranquilly. The admission fee for foreign adults is about 75MXN. Different prices may apply for residents or children.

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Address:

Kabah, Yucatán, Mexiko

Website:

Category:

Trip

Phone:

+52 999 913 4034

Distance:

105km from Mérida

Travel Time:

1h 20min from Mérida

Admission:

Mex$ 75

Price Level:

Inexpensive

Since:

7th century

Google Rating:

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 1390 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Kabah

Zona Arqueológica de Kabah is an archaeological zone located in the Puuc Region. Puuc is a Maya region (or route) as well as an architectural style.


Kabah is the second most important Mayan ruined city in the region after Uxmal. Many travel directly to Uxmal and unfortunately do not visit Kabah, so there are usually only a few tourists.


Its importance is notable since the name of the city is mentioned in the book of Chilam Balam by Chumayel. It is commonly assumed that sites in the Puuc Region occupy a time span of 600 to 900 A.D., but it is undeniable that sites such as Kabah date back to at least the Early Classic.


One of the outstanding characteristics of the area is the confluence of architectural styles, because despite being located in the Puuc Region, elements of the Petén and Chenes styles can be seen.


The world of archaeology


Some interesting figures about Mayan archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula:


 
Figures about Mayan archaeological sites
Figures about Mayan archaeological sites
 

Palace of Masks


The most important building in the complex is the 45-meter-long so-called Palace of Masks (Codz Pop). The palace is decorated with 250 masks of Chaac. Chaac was the Mayan god of rain, thunder, fertility and agriculture.


The rain god was especially important in the Yucatán region. There are many well-preserved images of the god and you can take a closer look at the ruins and climb them.


We have more background information and travel tips on Mayan archaeological sites.


How to get to Kabah from Mérida?


Heading south, first take highway 180, then highway 261. The archaeological site of Kabah is directly on the highway (on both sides).


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