Dzibanche Mayan Ruins Tour
On this Costa Maya excursion, 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 tour 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: Sandra Campbell
We had a super day at the ruins. My partner and I were the only people for this particular tour and we had our own driver and guide. Our guide, Alondra, was great. She was super knowledgeable and was able to get us to the ruins ahead of the other tours, so no crowds. She also packed us a bag lunch. This was the first cruise that I used shore excursions and was very happy with our tours. I believe we ended up with better tours for less money.
Reviewer: jose colon
even though the drive is long, and if you run into any mechanical issues you may miss you ship departure, once you arrive at the site you will defitinitly find it was worth the ride. our guide Lorenzo was extremely knowledgeable on the ruins and its history. I was worry about the return time but they manage to get us back with enough time to shop a little. if you have the time you have to stop and get some pineapples, they were so sweet. once you get to the site you feel like you have traveled back to the Mayan period. you can go and climb two of the buildings and feel on top of the world.
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