Labna

The Mayan site of Labna is one of the smallest in the Yucatan Peninsula, but includes the world famous Labna Arch of carved stones. The stunning Puuc style buildings are richly decorated and detailed, many of them are exceptionally well preserved.

Labna's height is dated between 600-900 A.D. The site includes 3 main buildings: the Palace, the Arch, and El Mirador. There are many sac-be (Mayan ancient road system) connecting the site.

The Palace (El Palacio) was a 2 level structure at least, with many vaulted rooms and stone columns. This is the longest Puuc building discovered so far, almost 400 feet long. There are several representations of the God Chac on the walls.

There is a sac-be stretching directly from the main arch to the palace.

The Arch is the main entrance to the site. This is a traditional Puuc architecture masterpiece known as the Corbelled Archway. The arch is 42 feet wide and 20 feet high. There is a small room on each side supposedly used by the guards. The complete arch is richly decorated with stone carved figures.

El Mirador was discovered in 1840 by John Stephens. It is a huge monument with many statues (they were stolen after the discovery of the site) of ball players.

Located 18 miles south east of Uxmal, about 1 hour drive from Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula, the site of Labna can be reached by rental car quite easily. Besides exploring the area south of Merida, the drive will also take you to the beautiful sites of Uxmal and Kabah.

From Cancun, you can go to Labna using the highway to Valladolid and Merida. The drive is about 5 hours as after Valladolid, taking into account that you will drive mainly on small roads.

Labna can be visited all year round. It is most convenient to combine the visit of the several Mayan sites south of Merida, including Labna.