Dzibilchaltùn Travel Guide

  • Dzibilchaltun
    Dzibilchaltun
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    Seven dolls - Dzibilchaltun
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    Cenote Xlacah
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Dzibilchaltùn Things to Do

  • The Ruins

    There's a lot of history about these ruins (maybe more than in the other) and also some legends, generally concerning astronomic relationships. There is, indeed, a planned alignment in the buildings that, at least, illustrates the elaborated explanations of the local guide that collects you at the entrance.They say that this is one of the largest...

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  • Cenote

    One thing that makes Dzibilchaltun different from the other ruins is the presence of a cenote in the open air. Walking the long distance to the Seven dolls, under the strong sun, invites to dive in the clear waters, in the way back, and... you may.We did it, as most visitors do.

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  • Seven dolls

    The most famous building is the Temple Of The Seven Dolls, whose name was given because of seven small effigies found there. They say that on the Spring equinox, the sun rises so that it shines directly through one window of the temple and out the other, similarly to Chichen-Itza.

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  • Cenote

    The cenote at Dzibilchaltun may of once been a place of ritual but nowdays it is a swimming pool. At 40m deep you need to be a good swimmer!In 1958 the US National Geographic Society sent divers down and they recovered 30,000 Mayan artefacts, the most interesting of which are now on display in the museum.

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  • Museo el Pueblo Maya

    I was here in 1999 at which time the museum was small and located at the entrance to the site. However there were plans to build a larger museum embracing all of the peninsulas culture, rather than just Dzibilchaltun's - maybe this has happened?The museum was small and located at the entrance of the site. The exhibits were largely artefacts...

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  • Temple of the Seven Dolls

    This is the highlight of the Dzibilichaltun site. A lot of the buildings Templo de las Siete Munecas - called thus because seven primitive & grotesqueclay figures were found inside (being called "dolls").Radio Carbon tests have been done on The Temple of The Seven Dolls which dates it back to the 7th century (AD).The temple is a 1km walk from the...

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  • Museum del Pueblo Maya

    This museum is at the entrance to the ruins. This is an excellant museum with displays on Mayan life, boards describing the impacts of the conquistators, and many artifacts including the seven dolls that the main temple are named after (see photo). I was amazed at the size of the dolls - was expecting a foot or two high, but these dolls are perhaps...

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  • Dzibilchaltùn - Temple of the Seven...

    The Dzibilchaltùn site was a 2000 year old major Mayan city covering 19 square km. The city - assumed to have over 40,000 inhabitants was used by the locals from 500 B.C. until the Spanish conquered them in 1540's.This temple was given its name by seven dolls that were discovered during its excavation. You can check out these dolls inside the...

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  • A ruin with a swimming hole

    After visiting all of Dzibilchaltùn's temples and buildings, be sure to visit the Xlacah Cenote. This sinkhole is part of underground rivers that run through the Yucatan Peninsula. It is shallow at one end, and 40 metres deep at the other end, however, at that 40 m mark, the sinkhole did not end, it just got too narrow for the diver to attempt...

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  • General Dzibilchaltùn information

    A short distance from either Mérida or Progreso is the Mayan city Dzibilchaltùn. This city was the longest continuously occupied city in the area existing for 2000 years until the Spanish conquered the area. It is a smaller site than Uxmal or Chichén Itzá. Besides the ruins, highlights include the museum Pueblo Maya, and the Xlacah Cenote - a...

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  • Dzibilchaltùn - Ecological and...

    Dzibilchaltùn was different than Uxmal in that a fair amount of work had been done on a flora display. As you approach the entrance from the parking lot, you pass all sorts of labeled local plants. It looks like they were still being replanted, etc. after the hurricane in 2002. Also walking from the Administration building to the museum involves...

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  • Cenote Xlacah

    A bit past the plaza lies the Cenote Xlacah, which looks quite refreshing... assuming, of course, you don't get trapped in its many weeds :).

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  • Grand Plaza

    The Grand Plaza offers a nice change of pace. There are several larger buildings, including an old church build by the conquistadores.

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  • Templo de las 7 Muñecas

    The cornerstone building on this ruin is the Templo de las 7 Muñecas, which was named because they found 7 dolls within its walls.

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  • Museum

    Take your time viewing the very informative museum. At the very least, the A/C provides a much needed relief of the heat :).

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Dzibilchaltùn Transportation

  • If you miss the return bus...

    If you miss the last bus or don't want to wait the 2 hours in between, you can walk back to the T-intersection, from where Tuk-tuks pass by which will take you to the pueblo up the road and there are regular buses to Merida from there. The Tuk-tuk will charge you 15 pesos each, and the other bus will be 6 pesos

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  • Where to catch the bus from Merida

    The tourist mags tell you that the buses to Djibilchaltun leave from around Parque San Juan. This is correct only Mon-Fri. On weekends the only buses leave from the Autoprogreso terminal Calle 62 btw 65 & 67, there's one at 8am and the next at 11am. It costs 8 pesos each way

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Dzibilchaltùn Warnings and Dangers

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    by solopes Updated Jun 9, 2014

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    Most cenotes stay underground, dark and mild.

    Here, the cenote is in the open air, and people uses it to swim, which is allowed.

    We did it, but I'm always afraid of stopped sweet waters, and warned the children to imitate me, never letting the water go up the neck, protecting ears, eyes and mouth. We had no problem, but Tito, two days later, appeared with the high traveller fever, locally called "Moctezuma's revenge". I think it was due to a salad, in next day lunch, but... not sure. It's never too much, taking common precautions.

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