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Uxmal
  Uxmal – Uxmal is like the Parthenon of Mayan architecture, an exquisite example of Classic Mayan building style. Building facades are beautifully decorated in stone with geometric motifs, lattice work and carved figures such as turtles, jaguars and snakes. Despite the crumbled aspect of the ruins, it's not hard to imagine Uxmal at its zenith as a capital city in the 9th century.
      The first thing you'll see is the Pyramid of the Magician, a majestic multistory building with an oval base. In the Nun's Quadrangle, look for the "monster masks" stacked on top of each other and take a peak into the dark rooms. You can easily climb up the Great Pyramid to an overall view. Don't miss the House of the Turtles, carved with turtles in different shapes. There is a Sound and Light show in the evening.
Labna
  Two other ruins in the area around Uxmal, Kabah and Labna, are also worth a stop, if only because few tourists do, and they are largely deserted. In the peace and quiet, it's easy to feel like those 19th century explorers, exploring the Mayan ruins for the first time. Kabah has an incredible stone façade, every inch covered with long snouted Chac (god of rain) masks. The remarkable feature at Labna is a huge archway that once connected two large buildings.
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