Join Us to Explore the Lesser-Visited Treasures of the Puuc

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The Puuc region is full of hundreds of archaeological sites, big and small, but the vast majority of visitors to this area only ever experience Uxmal

Because Chacmultún is considerably off the beaten path for most tourists, it hardly gets any visitors, but it is one of the most impressive sites in the entire region. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The focus of this expedition is to discover the wonders of some lesser-visited Maya Puuc sites, including seldom visited Chacmultún in the municipality of Tekax, as well as Labná and Sayil.

The stone archway at Labná is among the most ornate of the Maya world. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Aside from its famous arch, Labná is also notable for its Palacio, which is one of the longest contiguous structures in the Puuc region at approximately 120 meters (393.7 feet) in length. Sayil, which is even larger, boasts several stunning buildings, including the structure known as El Mirador, which is built on a four-meter platform and topped with a chamber divided into two rooms and heightened by a crest or roof comb. 

Though the base of El Mirador remains unrestored, it would have featured at least one large staircase covered in stucco and likely painted in vibrant colors. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

For 2,000 pesos, the tour includes all transportation, tickets, lunch at a Yucatecan restaurant, bottled water along the way, and the guiding services of Yucatán Magazine Senior Editor Carlos Rosado van der Gracht — a certified INAH guide and Ph.D. candidate in the field of Heritage Studies. 

Sayil’s three-level Grand Place. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

There are two chances to join us. We depart Tuesday, Jan. 16 and Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. sharp from Calle 50A, at Parque de la Mejorada, in Mérida. We will return no later than 5:30 p.m. Look for our small bus outside Los Almendros.

Space is limited, so RSVP with Yesica at

*If you have an INAPAM card or INE, please bring it along. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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