Labna, located near the city of Merida in the Puuc Hills of the Yucatán Peninsula, is an archaeological site and ceremonial center of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. Smaller in size in comparison to the well known ruin counterparts of Chichen Itza and Coba, Labna is a distinct step away from the traditional beach destinations that have become so standard in Mexico’s tourist culture.
The word “Puuc” is derived from the Mayan term for “hill”, and since the Yucatán is relatively flat, this term was used to describe the large range of hills in the southern portion of the state, hence the terms “Puuc region” or “Puuc hills”.
The Puuc architecture is characterised by creativity, artistic detail, and attentively decorated, cut stones that are set into concrete cores. Blank façades with flat surfaces of rectangular blocks, punctuated by doorways and richly decorated intricate stone designs, are only some of the amazing sites waiting to be appreciated when visiting the site.
The neighbouring ruins of Sayil and Kabáh were constructed between the 8th and 10th centuries, share architectural similarities with Labna and Uxmal, probably the most famous of the Mayan ruins exhibiting the Puuc architectural style. The ancient city of Uxmal is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Mayan culture, as it appears to have been the capital of the region from 850-950 A.D.
Its interesting history, beautifully unique architecture and many hidden secrets, all ensure that a visit to Labna, and the surrounding Puuc region, will allow visitors a fascinating glimpse into the rich and intricate Mayan culture backstory.