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Dzibanché archaeological site

Chetumal (Grand Costa Maya)

The day dawned sunny, there is good weather to visit and know every part of the Zona Arqueológica Dzibanché, located more than 80 kilometers from Chetumal. Its establishment dates back to 200 BC.

Dzibanché means in Maya “writing on Wood”. The name refers to the wooden lintels with calendar inscriptions in the structure known as Temple VI.

When you get to the place you can see the buildings which seem proud to stand upright for more than two thousand years. The site occupies an area of about 40 square kilometers (15 square miles) with different complexes.

Its importance is that thanks to it it has been possible to learn more about the Mayan political system, as well as the architectural and urban development that it would have achieved.

Four groups form the tour's first part: Tutil, Lamay, Kinichná and Dzibanché. The complex begins in Edificio VI or Templo de los Dinteles, a building that preserves a base with ornate bodies and a slope and board design.

It continues towards Plaza Gann, an area that preserves a series of diverse-functions-and-periods buildings. It highlights Edificio II or Templo de los Cormoranes, a quadrangular base. Here, you will also find structures 10, 11, 12 and 14, which correspond to residential buildings built during the late Classic period, in addition to Edificio XIII or Templo de los Cautivos.

A few steps away you can see Plaza Xibalba, which was city's downtown.

In the second part of the route you will see Kinicchá, located two kilometers away from the main complex. The Acropolis of this area has several low buildings around it.
The day dawned sunny, there is good weather to visit and know every part of the Zona Arqueológica Dzibanché, located more than 80 kilometers from Chetumal. Its establishment dates back to 200 BC.

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Dzibanché means in Maya “writing on Wood”. The name refers to the wooden lintels with calendar inscriptions in the structure known as Temple VI.

When you get to the place you can see the buildings which seem proud to stand upright for more than two thousand years. The site occupies an area of about 40 square kilometers (15 square miles) with different complexes.

Its importance is that thanks to it it has been possible to learn more about the Mayan political system, as well as the architectural and urban development that it would have achieved.

Four groups form the tour's first part: Tutil, Lamay, Kinichná and Dzibanché. The complex begins in Edificio VI or Templo de los Dinteles, a building that preserves a base with ornate bodies and a slope and board design.

It continues towards Plaza Gann, an area that preserves a series of diverse-functions-and-periods buildings. It highlights Edificio II or Templo de los Cormoranes, a quadrangular base. Here, you will also find structures 10, 11, 12 and 14, which correspond to residential buildings built during the late Classic period, in addition to Edificio XIII or Templo de los Cautivos.

A few steps away you can see Plaza Xibalba, which was city's downtown.

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