Explore the heart of the most spectacular Mayan city in Costa Maya, and admire one of the greatest examples of architecture and urban organization.
DzibanchÈ, meaning "writing on wood," refers to a large lintel made from quebracho wood that bears eight glyphs that date to around 620 A.D. DzibanchÈ was a major site during the Classic Period (300-900 A.D.) covering approximately 15 square miles. The site's most important architectural complex is made up of several plazas ringed by large palaces and platforms from which temples rose.
The drive to DzibanchÈ is approximately 2 hours each way on paved highway. The last few miles to reach the site from the highway are on a packed dirt road. Based on the current weather conditions, it may be bumpy, but at the same time, not overrun by numerous large tour buses.
Your guide will lead you on an approximately two-mile walk over packed ground to learn about daily life, the political system, and the military of the Mayan people, as you explore this ancient ceremonial center surrounded by its mystical religious buildings. The style is more in the Petan-style (such as Tikal) than the wider bases found at other sites throughout the Yucatan.
Excavations of these most spectacular temples revealed tombs with rich jade offerings for members of the elite and ruling families. The DzibanchÈ Mayan Ruins expedition is one you won't soon forget!
Please note: Due to the site not being as developed as other more visited sites, facilities available are limited to restrooms. There is no shopping area for film or souvenirs and food is not available for purchase. The tour duration is approximately six hours; guests with dietary requirements may want to pack a small snack to bring with them. A bottle of water will be provided at the beginning of the tour.