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All about Ruta Puuc in Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

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Ruta Puuc, is mainly associated with the smaller and less touristy Maya sites of Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak and Labná. Ruta Puuc is about 125km away from Mérida. The journey by car takes about 2h from the city center of Mérida and the place is most of the time tranquilly.

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2h from Mérida

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Ruta Puuc

Puuc is a Maya region (or route) as well as an architectural style. The „Ruta Puuc“ begins 80km south of Mérida. It is a side road of the national road MEX 261, which branches off from it to the east south of the town of Santa Elena and includes many places of interest.


But in fact there is no exact route for "Ruta Puuc" - usually it is mainly associated with the smaller and less touristy Maya archaeological sites of Kabah, Labná, Xlapak or Sayil and the "Puuc style" is mainly characterised by the ornaments and decorations on the buildings.


Often Mérida is the starting point for a tour and the archaeological site of Uxmal is the first major stop. There are also many old colonial towns, haciendas (e.g. the Hacienda Yaxcopoil), churches, cenotes and caves along the route.


The two cave systems Grutas de Lol-Tún and Grutas de Calcehtok, which were used by the Maya as religious sites and as a refuge during the caste war, are also part of the Ruta Puuc.


Ruta Puuc is off the traditional tourist routes, so there are far fewer tourists at the individual sights, fewer annoying vendors and the entrance fees to the individual sites are also much cheaper than to the better-known places.


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


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


 
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Figures about Mayan archaeological sites
 

Associated sights with the Ruta Puuc:



What is the best way to go?


If you want to drive the entire Ruta Puuc and visit all the sights, you will need two to three days. However, most people go on a day trip and visit perhaps 2 or 3 sites, which is actually enough to get a good impression of this part of the Yucatan Peninsula.


So you can either book a tour or use a car. A rental car is probably the best way to get around because it is the most flexible. Public transport is almost non-existent in this part of Yucatán and therefore not recommended.


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