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Dzibilchaltun Mayan Ruins
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After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive inland to the magnificent ruins at Dzibilchaltun. Until the arrival of the Spanish, the Mayans lived here for about 3,000 years. The site is considered to be the longest functioning city of the Mayan world.
Archaeologists have found thousands of structures here, although not all of them have been excavated. The name Dzibilchaltun translates to “place with writings on the stones,” and these messages reflect life in the ancient world.
Of all the buildings, the Temple of the Seven Dolls is the most impressive, certainly with regard to astronomy. The temple is oriented so that the doorways fill with light as the sun rises on the spring and fall equinoxes, to mark the planting and harvesting seasons.
During excavation, seven dolls were found in the temple and are now displayed in an on-site museum. Other artifacts include stone tablets, Spanish armor and items from the Catholics who later tried to convert the inhabitants to Catholicism. A 16th-century church made with stones from various buildings also lies in ruins on the grounds.
After exploring Dzibilchaltun, you will have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in a nearby cenote, a natural sinkhole that formed centuries ago when limestone on the surface collapsed, exposing the groundwater underneath. Following this unforgettable adventure, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.
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Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking/climbing that covers nearly 1 mile over a rocky, uneven path. The steps to climb the pyramids are steep and can become slippery when wet. Guests should be in good physical condition. Light-weight weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellent; a swimsuit worn under clothing for those who wish to swim; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Guests must be at least 3 years of age to take part in this tour. A waiver will be required by the local operator before being allowed to participate. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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