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This archeological site is located in the town of Acanceh, which means “The Agonizing Deer” or “Lament” or “Moaning Deer” in Mayan. The two restored buildings, The Pyramid and The Stucco Palace, are on the main square of the archeological site. The buildings are dated in the early classic period, between the 5th and 6th centuries AD, although other evidence has pointed out that habitation at this site came later, when stones were carved in Puuc style. The ancient city of Acanceh extended more than four square kilometers and around 400 buildings have been registered as belonging to this time.

In Mayan, Aké means “Place of Reeds.” As an archeological site, Aké is known for its sacbés (white roads), the characteristic megalithic-izamaleño style architecture as well as Puuc style buildings, and its sacred precincts. There are several cenotes and two water sources that resolved water supply problems in ancient times. Two concentric walls define the ancient settlement. One circumscribes the central part where monumental structures are found, while the other encloses the housing area. The central section is a main square or plaza of approximately 25,000 square meters surrounded by buildings. Structure “ONE” or “The Pilastras” (square columns) is located on the North side of the square. On the east and west sides of the square are buildings made out of elongated plant, and the south side holds many other buildings. In the center of the plaza there is a Stella of rock that was once decorated with reed. In Aké, you will find, side by side, an archeological zone, the stunning remains of a colonial hacienda and a soccer field from our time and day. You can visit the ancient machine house and rope factory. Discover, step by step, how the sisal fiber is processed and made into rope.

The name means “Red Rock Hill” and is 126 kilometers south of Mérida and only five minutes away from the town of Tekax. Most of its buildings were built on foundations of about eight meters high, which give them a powerful and superior appearance. Chacmultún is an extremely interesting area, very different from other pre-Hispanic Mayan cities for the particular red tone of its buildings. This red tone is the result of the microorganisms that live in this region and whose particles, when in contact with water and air, give the rock its special hue. The area was divided in three main parts: Chacmultún, Kabalpak and Xetpol.

An incredible combination of Mayan culture, breathtaking natural treasures, native gastronomical treats and unforgettable adventures. Break away for half a day and travel to Chikin-Ha, a natural sanctuary located 50 minutes from Cancún. The journey begins through the farmlands of Don Silvano where surrounding jungle scenery will be enjoyed. The adventure continues with a history of the geological formation of cenotes while enjoying its refreshing aquamarine waters. For those who want to glide through the jungle, a zip-line route that joins three cenotes has been created. The view from above the forest is breathtaking and the ride equally amazing.

An exciting expedition into the heart of the Yucatán jungle; an adventure to the undiscovered side of México that most visitors never see. The first stop is Cobá an archeological site hidden deep inside the rain forest of the south-eastern Yucatán Peninsula. The adventure continues in Tres Reyes, an authentic Mayan village where guests explore the local fauna and flora, enjoy a zip-line crossing over the beautiful cenote and rappel for over 75 feet. A canoe waits on the Lagoon where guests will be taken to enjoy an authentic lunch prepared by local Mayan natives. Cobá - Mayan Encounter offers a great combination of history, archeology, nature, gastronomy and culture all in one fun filled adventure.

Only 37 kilometers east of Tizimín, on the highway to Colonia, Yucatán there is an exit that takes you to ranch Kulubá, where the archeological site is located. Hidden amidst abundant vegetation on the eastern side of the state, lay the architectonic vestiges of this ancient city.

Kilometer 43, southeast of Mérida. There is no doubt that Mayapán was the most important place for the Mayan civilization during the 13th century. It was a gated city and had more than 4,000 buildings. As in most city-states, the buildings occupied by the priests, merchants and wise men are located on the central part of the city, around the Kukulkán Castle. Mayapán means “Pendant of the Maya” or “Banner of the Maya.”

is an ancient fortress that sits atop cliffs and offers a breathtaking view overlooking the Caribbean. It is the largest Mayan city built on the coast and it is just 80 miles southwest of Cancún.

Located in the municipality of Dzemul, Xcambó is a curious combination of Mayan ruins, a Catholic chapel and a small fresh water spring. Xcambó is located in the tropical forest area in this marshland, just two kilometers from the coast. In Mayan language Xcambó means “Place of The Virgin” or “Place of The Waning Moon”. Xcambó used to be a very important trading port and salt supplier to the Mayans during the early Classical period. Amidst salt mines and beautiful vegetation, which serves the birds as their principal refuge, you find the ruins of Xcambó. Behind the recently built chapel, you can see pyramidal platforms mounted by ancient Mayan temples. On their sides, you can appreciate fragments of stucco masks and faces protected by a thatched roof. What makes Xcambó unique is the combination of fully restored pyramids, areas under excavation, and mounds that, as of yet, are unexplored. This way, the Xcambó site offers you the opportunity to appreciate the effort it takes to accomplish the final goal of archeological excavation: a building restored. We invite you to discover for yourself ancient pottery fragments surfacing from the ground; they will remind you that during the post-Classic period of Mayan history (1200 - 1450 AD), Xcambó was an important city.

Xel-Ha, "The Place Where Water Originates," is an area of exceptional beauty and tranquility. Once a vigorous commercial center, as it is located along the water, Xel-ha today, is a natural aquarium cut out of the limestone shoreline. Xel-Ha is part of an ecological reserve dedicated to preserve the integrity of nature's pristine waters, flora and fauna.

Yaxuná or “The Turquoise House” is one of the cities that used to be communicated to the city of Cobá -100 kilometers away- through the sacbé, or white road.

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Yucatan, Acanceh, Main Plaza - Photo by Acanceh

Plaza at Acanceh

Yucatan, Ake, Archeological zone, Temple of the Columns 2 - Photo by Ake
The Temple of the Coluums in Aké
Yucatan, Chacmultun, Archeological Site, Cabalpak Group, Building V - Photo by Chacmultun
The Cabalpak Group at Chacmultún
Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Cenote Chikin-Ha - Photo by Chikin-Ha
Cenote at Chikin-Ha
Yucatan, Mayapan, Archeological zone, Caracol building - Photo by Mayapan
The Caracol at Mayapán
Yucatan, Yaxuna, Archeological Zone, Temple Circular - Photo by Yaxuna
The Circular Temple at Yaxuná