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Dzibanche Mayan Ruins Tour History in Costa Maya Petal-style Tikal

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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.

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6 Hours
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15 minute walk from the Cruise Center
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Comfortable long sleeved shirts and long pants that "breathe" is suggested. The Mexican sun can be very strong and there is always the potential for insects within the jungle. Flat soled, closed toe sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses, sunscreen are suggested.
Minimum age to participate is 3 years old. Guests must be able to walk over packed dirt, grass and gravel. Walking is approximately two miles over two hours with stops for explanations from the guide. Steps are required as there are stone steps and large roots along the trails. Please be aware that the tour operates in the wilderness, hours away from medical facilities. Although staff do have general first aid training, this tour is not recommended for guests with serious medical conditions or small children.

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 13 Write a review.

Wonderful tour November 8, 2016
Reviewer: Pat Moore-Pickett  
We had a wonderful local guide fluent in Mayan, Spanish and English, who also answered questions very thoughtfully about the history of the Mayans with Mexico, pointed out her home town on the way and talked about current economic life. Ruins were gorgeous, (bring insect repellent and long sleeves and pants), and our small group of about eight were the only ones there! Mind opening experience!

KayCee and the Mayan Ruins April 29, 2016
Reviewer: KayCee the guide  
Super tour.  KayCee our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun. This place was amazing and we had it all to ourselves.  Large abandoned Mayan Ruins.  We felt like we were exploring something that few people have seen, our own Indiana Jones adventure.  It is a long drive to get there and get back, but worth it.  My teenage boys considered it a highlight of the vacation.

Great tour - small group - definitely would do aga April 13, 2016
Reviewer: Cheri  
Erick & Abner were great.  We were in a small van with just 1 other group of people.  There were only a couple of other groups at the sites when we were there.  It was quiet so we could hear our guide.  We could climb most of the pyramids which was fantastic.  Highly recommend this off-the-beaten track tour.

BEST Mayan tour company hands down! March 7, 2016
Reviewer: adam  
Have done this exact tour several times now, with the same operator, on different cruises with family/friends- every time it is just amazing! I cannot say enough about how wonderful this experience is, and how dedicated the staff of this company is! The only "con" (if you can call it that) is that make sure you allow yourself time to find the place as its a cpl short blocks after you exit the cruise terminal- but very easy to find and your confirmation will give precise instructions. If you visit Costa Maya, this in my opinion is a MUST DO if you want to feel like you truly get "off the beaten path" and explore the amazing history of Mexico's Mayan culture!

The best Mayan ruin tour February 12, 2016
Reviewer: The Traveler  
Dzibanche is about a 2.5 hour ride from the ship.  If you want to climb a ruin and avoid crowds this the place to go.  There were 10 people in our group and we all wanted to get away from the crowds.  We were the only ones there.  You can see the original stucco work, climb the ruins, walk around and get a feeling how large the place was. Joel, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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