Explore the heart of the most spectacular Mayan city in Costa Maya, and admire one of the greatest examples of architecture and urban organization.
Dzibanche, meaning "writing on wood," refers to a large lintel made from quebracho wood that bears eight glyphs that date to around 620 A.D. Dzibanche 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 Dzibanche 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 Dzibanche 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.
Reviewer: Marilynn & Neal
We had an awesome day with tour guide Rose and driver, Habner. The Dzibanche ruins are a 2 hour drive, but definitely worth it. You are allowed to, respectfully, explore the ruins. Due to the distance, there were only a few tourists. Rose is very knowledgeable and Habner was a good driver.
We really enjoyed this excursion! Our guides, Kasi and Melvin, we're friendly, informative, and interesting. It's a bit of a drive to the ruins -- about 2 hours each way -- but worth it. Because these ruins are less visited, you can climb the pyramids for a spectacular view!
Reviewer: Carolyn Simmons
There were three of us going to Dzibanche and we had our own driver and guide. Guide spoke perfect English and our driver was both quick and careful. They made sure we had on mosquito repellent before we began the site tour and halfway thru the tour the driver brought us sun umbrellas and water. Beautiful site, under appreciated, quiet and very park like. Saw howler monkeys feeding. Great day, great people, can't say enough good about our experience
Reviewer: Jay Brown
We visited Dzibanche through The NativeChoice tours organization (it is worth the short walk from the gates of Costa Maya (4 or 5 blocks) to find them. We had a brand new Mercedes Benz van, great driver, great guide and our party was a total 3 folks. The site is the parent city of Calakmul and there is more to see at Dzibanche now than can be seen and understood at Calakmul. Many fine re-consolidated buildings and temples were open and eligible for climbing. The ride to the site was punctuated by a stop for fresh pineapple slices seasoned lightly with chile and lime (makes it sweeter). Enrique, our guide was very knowledgeable and well versed on the history of the site and its relationship to Calakmul. Our driver was skilled and careful on all kinds of road and traffic conditions. I highly recommend The NativeChoice and the site of Dzibanche.
Reviewer: Tim Catellier
The Dzibanche Ruins are much further inland than other ruins in the area, so be prepared for 2+ hours in a van, each way. However, it is worth every minute of the ride. The Mayan ruins of Dzibanche are spectacular with 3 intact temples and multiple other buildings. Visitors can climb all the way to the top of all but a few buildings. But perhaps the best thing is that due to the investment in time requited to get to the site, few people go. When our group of 6 arrived, we were the only people on site. A half hour later, 5 more people showed up. We basically had the run of the place and since there were so few people, our terrific guide, Erick, was able to spend as much one-on-one time with us as we wanted. Yes it's a long trip inland, but it's absolutely worth it.