Dzibanche Mayan Ruins Tour

Dzibanche Mayan Ruins Tour History in Costa Maya Petal-style Tikal
Excursion Highlights:
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Mayan city of Dzibanche, showcasing spectacular architecture and urban organization.
  • Wind through Dzibanche's key architectural complexes, including several plazas, large palaces, and temple-rising platforms during your Costa Maya excursion.
  • Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive to Dzibanche along a paved highway, for a rustic, intimate experience.
  • Follow expert tour guides for a two-mile walk to learn about the Mayan civilization's daily life, political system, and military.
  • Witness history through excavated tombs with rich jade offerings for the elite and ruling families. Limited spots! Book now!
Price: $105.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Beverages
Recommended Dress 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.
Restrictions 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.

Dzibanche Mayan Ruins Tour

On this Costa Maya excursion, explore the heart of the most spectacular Mayan city in Costa Maya. 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.