Kabah is located 23 km southeast of Uxmal on highway no. 261; taking the deviation to the right at km 16, very close to the city of Ticul, his name has been interpreted as "Lord of the strong or powerful hand."

The importance of this city can be seen in the fact that the Mayans even after the Spanish conquest mention it in the Chilam Balam, for this reason it is believed that it was a site similar in importance to that of Uxmal.

The ruins are spread on both sides of the road in a very extensive area of ​​jungle, they are located in the lower part of a valley, surrounded by medium-height hills in which small temples can be seen at the top, where from the horizon You can see the main buildings of Nohpat and Uxmal.

It has been defined as the period of development, apogee and decline of the Puuc to the Late Classic Period (600 to 900 AD). Although there is no doubt that sites of the magnitude of Kabah, Uxmal, Sayil and Labán have antecedents that go back to the Early Classic (250 to 600 AD).


Kabah is distinguished by a long occupation, by its strategic location and by the quality of the carved stones that embellish and give meaning to its constructions. Three large architectural ensembles make up the urban nucleus, El Codz Poop whose meaning is the "rocky mat", the Teocalli Palace and the Great Pyramid that has a central temple that marks the entrance to the city and that guards on one side a sacbé path approximately 20 km long that connects Kabah with Uxmal.

From that place, the concentration of buildings increases until reaching the great entrance Arch to the monumental area. In general terms, there are some architectural elements that correspond to nearby regions; for example, from El Petén, the cresteras in front of the temples and stucco-modeled decoration on the facades; and from the Chenes region, the facades that represent a zoomorphic deity.

These elements are integrated in the Puuc style, but they do not lose their individuality.

Glifos en las Ruinas Mayas de Kabah, Uxmal, Ruta Puuc

The formal elements and the outline of the cities with this style were not works of chance, each element and building are part of a planned whole related to the cosmos and man. Due to the magnitude of Kabah, there is much that remains to be investigated, that is why today it seems that the visible elements are disjointed. Thanks to the available data, it is known that the extension of this city is comparable to that of Uxmal.

Currently the Palace of Teocalli is under reconstruction, in which you can see mounds of carved stones waiting for the moment to be put back in place and look again like in the times of its heyday. In 1993 it was decreed a State Park by the Yucatecan government and thanks to this it is very well cared for and guarded.

The archaeological zone of Kabah is a place where you can breathe the splendor of the Puuc Mayan past. Visiting days: Monday to Sunday. Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.