Ancient Mayan City Kohunlich

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Dzibanché and Kinichná

Ruinas de Dzibanché

One of the largest and most important settlements during the Classic Period 300 A.D.

 

Dzibanché has several plazas ringed by palaces and temples decorated with Peten-style crests, natural water sources surrounded by flatland.when you visit here, you will walk through the forest and across these magnificent Mayan structures which are buildings used to be home and religious altar.

In the heart of the rainforest, you can find this archaeological site and its ancient buildings. The main temples are Templo del Buho (Temple of the Owl) and Templo de Los Cormoranes (Temple of the Cormorants). You can appreciate these incredible well-preserved structures, constructed with the combination of stone blocks joined with mastery and walls decorated with hieroglyphic texts.

( Forbidden climb to the top).  

Entry: 55 pesos per person, also covers the entry into Kinichná,  children under 12 are free

( Free for Quintana citizens, please bring your ID )
Business Hours : 8:00 - 16: 30, 7 days a week

Driving time: 1.2 Hours

Distance of Chetumal to Dzibanché : 80.6 km

How to get there: It is located on the Federal Highway 186 (Chetumal-Escárcega), You have to reach and pass the town of Morocoy. After a few meters, there will be a deviation that takes to the site, seven kilometers to the east, by an asphalted road that goes directly into the archaeological zone.

Chacchoben

Chacchoben costa maya

Visit and reveal the mysterious story behind Chacchoben ruins.

 

Surrounded by towering mahogany trees and cohune palms, Mayan Ruin Chacchoben is an authentic treasure, location in the north of the Bacalar lake, after you visit the Bacalar area, come and walk through the ruins you will feel the connection to the past just like the old-time Mayan people lived there.

This astonishing Mayan settlement site was built around 250 BC. Chacchoben means “place of the red corn” in the Mayan language. It’s considered the biggest Mayan city found in the region, about 70 hectares long surrounded by the jungle.  Chacchoben has extraordinary fauna and flora, such as toucans, songbirds, cedars, and mahogany and more. This archeological site represents significant evidence of the history of the area.

 

Entry: Around 55 pesos
Business Hours : 8:00 - 17: 00, 7 days a week

Driving time: 1.1 Hours

The distance of Chetumal to Chacchoben: 83.6 km

How to get there:  Take the federal roads 307 Chetumal – Escárcega or 293 Chetumal - Mérida (the short way). You can find this archaeological zone about 83.6 kilometers from the city of Chetumal ( ADO bus station ) and only 3 kilometers from the town called Lázaro Cárdenas.

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Kohunlich

Kohunlich

X-làabch'e'en in Modern Mayan Language

Best known early classic pyramid located in the south of Quintana Roo, this archeological site was built around 500 A.D. Visit the Temple of Mask, named after the stucco mask representing the Mayan gods, it’s the main attraction of explorers in Quintana Roo.  

The archaeological zone of Kohunlich was built in small elevations of the ground with cohune palms, from where it obtains its name Cohoon ridge (of English origin). It is an 8.5 hectares settlement that began in 200 BC. In the Early Classic, when the buildings were constructed, it's the splendor moment during that time.

Here you can admire a series of ceremonial and residential spaces of a unique architectural style, such as the Acropolis and the Figured head adorned with stucco figures due to its symbolic and ritual importance, because of these great appeals, let Kohunlich become one of the most visited archeological sites in the south of Quintana Roo. 

Entry: Around 55 pesos   

Business Hours : 8:00 - 17: 00, 7 days a week

Driving time: 1.1 Hours

The distance of Chetumal to Kohunlich: 66.7 km

How to get there: It is reached via the federal road 186 Chetumal - Escárcega and at kilometer 60, which corresponds to the village of Francisco Villa, must take the 9 km deviation, which leads directly to the area by a paved road.

Oxtankah

The closest to the Chetumal City 

Characterized by a unique architectural style, Oxtankah was built around 600 A.D. The settlement has at least ten plazas, more than 20 structures, and a cenote. Get around this astonishing old city and discover its hidden secrets.

The name of here also means “Place surrounded by Ramones” or “In the middle of three villages,” a ramón is a tree (Brosimum alicastrum) that flowers in summer. This prehispanic city was discovered near the Bay of Chetumal; the first Mayan groups settled their residence in Oxtankah from 600 BC to 1000 AC. Most of the archeological ruins city was built in Petén style corresponding to the classic period, let's visit this fantastic place of the jungle.

Entry: Around 50 pesos   

Business Hours : 8:00 - 17: 00, 7 days a week

Driving time: 0.5 Hours

The distance of Chetumal to Oxtankah: 15.5 km

How to get there:  To get to the site, take the Chetumal - Calderitas road and from there continue along the asphalted road that runs along the bay; 4.5 kilometers to the north is the sign that marks the access to the area.

Zona Arqueológica Oxtankah
 

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