Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/north_america/north_america_stock/uxmal-001.jpg" class="rightwise" title="uxmal, pyramid of the magician" alt="uxmal, pyramid of the magician" /></p> <p>Uxmal is an archaeological site in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/yucatan-tours">Yucatan</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mexico">Mexico</a>, just outside the modern day city of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/merida">Merida</a>. The city of Uxmal was part of the ancient Mayan Empire and may have been a rival city to the much larger <a href="/contikipedia/articles/chichen-itza">Chichen Itza</a>.</p> <p>Many of the buildings, temples and pyramids were built between 700 and 1100 AD, the Mayan still lived here up until the Spanish colonized <a href="/contikipedia/articles/yucatan-tours">Yucatan</a>.</p> <p>Perhaps the most famous (and also tallest) ruin at Uxmal is the massive &#8216;Pyramid of the Magician&#8217; – also known as &#8216;El Adivino&#8217;. The pyramid gets this name from ancient Mayan legend that has it that a Mayan magician-god built the pyramid in only one night. Another myth has it that the pyramid was built by a dwarf who was hatched out of an egg by an old woman. Archaeologists maintain however that the pyramid was constructed over a period of 400 years.</p> <p>The whole site is total a <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> World Heritage Site and people travel to Uxmal to not only see the Pyramid of the Magician, but also to get a feel for the amazing ancient culture of the Mayan.</p>