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Dzibilchaltun Mayan Ruins & Beach Break
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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. During excavation, seven dolls were found in the temple, which are now displayed in an on-site museum.
After exploring the Mayan ruins, you will return to Progreso and stop at one of its most popular beaches. You might stroll along the shoreline, bask in the sun or simply relax and take in the seaside views.
You will have more than an hour to enjoy the music, snack on chips and salsa, and drink beer and margaritas at the open bar. If you choose, you'll have the option to purchase a nice meal of fresh seafood or Mexican specialties at the restaurant. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking/climbing that covers nearly 1 mile over a rocky, uneven path, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during the beach stop. 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 repellant; 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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