Labná is located 42 km southeast of Uxmal on highway no. 261; deviation to the left at km 30 on state highway no. 31.
Labná, means "old or abandoned house." This site has been the cause of attention for its world-famous arch, of remarkable perfection and fine ornamentation. It must have been the entrance to an enclosure dedicated to great events or celebrations.
Together with the Sayil and Kabáh ruins, it is part of the Puuc Route, where you can travel long kilometers of culture and wonder. Despite not being a dominant town, it is one of the most important today, which is why in 1996 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as "Villa Precolombina de Uxmal".
Labná has large spaces of white earth, called Sacbé, which in Mayan means path, these paths join each of the spaces, in which the different buildings that make up this site are distributed.
One of the representative elements of this place is undoubtedly the Arch, it is a great sample of the architecture of the inhabitants who settled during the years 600 and 900 AD. C, carved in stone, with two smaller columns at its sides, these functioned as entrances to small chambers with that only access.
The Arch is an obligatory step to reach another interesting point, the Mirador, dedicated to commercial uses, which, hand in hand with the Palace, are the most important attractions in this area.
According to the studies carried out, it is likely that this site has remained under the laws of some other city, however, the distribution of its elements gives the impression of having been highly connected to the places with the greatest political power in the region.
Among the most outstanding elements in its constructions are the masonry ceilings, the stairways and the use of terraces and platforms; the temple of the columns is one of those that stand out west of El Palacio.
Its façade includes representations of palm houses and stylized snakes. Some details have been lost, but the existing remains give an idea of the purity of its Puuc style, in which the stone columns constitute its hallmark of quality.
To make your visit to Labná a more pleasant experience, it has plaques that contain information about each construction under each of them; In addition, it offers you the service of guides that will take you along the main roads while they explain each of the elements that you will meet and of course, the history that surrounds them.
In addition to the services just mentioned, it has restrooms, parking, a rest area where, if you bring a sandwich, you can enjoy it while cooling off under a palapa or a tree; For your peace of mind, a guardhouse has been installed, but if you still want to take a souvenir with you, you can get it in the small souvenir shop installed at the entrance of the site.
To get to Labná you must take the road that leads to Oxkutzcab, passing through Muna and Santa Elena to later take the deviation that will take you to this place, said deviation is at kilometer 105.
It is worth mentioning that it is not necessary to have a car to go, as you can take a bus that leaves from the ADO terminal in Mérida to the Puuc Route, or you can hire an excursion that will take you to visit in addition to Labná, the nearby sites and constituents of the entire aforementioned route, ending with Uxmal.
Location: 122 km. from the city of Mérida, Yucatán.
Visiting days: Monday to Sunday.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.