Far more interesting and climb-able than Chichén Itzá, Uxmal is an extensive site full of intricate mosaics and curious decorations. And it even has a –shhh– hidden “Temple of Phalluses” (which we didn’t find because the path was so overgrown…but it’s there, somewhere…as are several stone phalluses which are readily on display beside said overgrown path). I loved Uxmal and would highly recommend it over Chichén Itzá. Bring snacks and water and plan to spend a good three hours here exploring all the structures (and maybe wandering down some secret pathways).

Pirámide del Adivino. Its ovular form is rather unique among pyramids.

Pirámide del Adivino. Its ovular form is rather unique among pyramids. This is the only one you can’t climb.

Mosaics of Chaac, the long-nosed rain god.

Mosaics of Chaac, the long-nosed rain god.

Uxmal, home to all of the iguanas in Yucatán (or so it seemed).

Uxmal, home to all of the iguanas in Yucatán (or so it seemed).

There were several weedy side trails to be explored!

There were several weedy side trails to be explored!

An overview of one part of the site.

An overview of one part of the site.

One of the mosaics, at the top of a pyramid.

One of the mosaics, at the top of a pyramid.