Becán is an archaeological zone that surprises the traveler. It is a large enclosure to tour, whitewash the highest pyramids and surprise you with architectural details. 

Becán is not one of the best known Mayan cities, visiting it was a wonderful surprise on our way. Becán is an enclosure with large buildings, ceremonial plazas, ballgames and precious stucco details recovered.

The entire city is surrounded by one of the few trenches that have been found in the Mayan civilization. Becán, in Yucatec Mayan, means path or cavity left by running water, in clear reference to the unusual style of fencing the city with a water pit.

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Mayan archeological zones of southern Mexico

This area in the south of the Yucatan Peninsula is a true playground for the traveler. You can explore interesting ancient Mayan cities such as Calakmul, Río Bec, Chicanná, Xpuhil, Balamkú, Nadzca'an, Becán, Hormiguero in Campeche, and Kohunlich, Dzibanché or Kinichná in Quintana Roo.

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Many of these cities belong to the architectural style Bec River, which proliferated in this area. The ancient Maya had several architectural styles such as the named Bec River, the East Coast, Puuc or Chen. It is interesting to look at your trip in the different characteristics that unites them or differentiates the archaeological zones.

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Explore the archaeological zone Becán

The era of greatest splendor Becan It was between 600 and 1000 AD During the Late Classic period (600 AD-900 AD) was the height of Mayan writing: in Becán you can see several steles, one of Maya's favorite media for the most political writings.

No doubt Becan was one of the important cities in the south.

Becan Maya epigraphy

Climb the buildings, the views are spectacular. Structure IX is the highest point at 32 meters, of the best roofs of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Scale the 9 Mayan pyramids highest in the Yucatan Peninsula

In Becán you will be able to appreciate how access to ceremonial places was restricted to certain social groups, the elite lived isolated from the rest of the inhabitants, haven't we changed so much, right?

Traveling through ancient Mayan cities and knowing their history of some leads me with strange delicacy to a circular time where today is a mirror of ancient events that have already happened.

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In the background Structure IX, of 32 meters
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Explore Becan, amazing Mayan city with 1 moat
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The last years the INAH he has worked to restore a precious mask, something that we can now enjoy. In front of this beauty it is easier to imagine the beauty of these ancient Mayan cities, it thrills.

It would be nice to see models or drawings of the cities rebuilt in the archaeological sites. I think that much more could be done to encourage and feed the curiosity of the visitor to know how the ancient Mayan cities.

I think I am right if I say that the archaeological zone Becán feeds your soul and gives you that taste of surprise that delights travelers and seekers.

Explore Becan, amazing Mayan city with 2 moat

Becán, archaeological site

LOCATION: Becán It is located 8 km from here from the town of Xpuhil, on Federal Highway 186 Chetumal-Escárcega.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY: 55 mxn. The Sundays the entrance of INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological zones is free every day to children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? A Xpuhil Public transport arrives from Escárcega (2 hours), Chetumal (1'40 "h) and Campeche (4'30" h).  ADO bus company It operates in the area. With buses or taxi from Xpuhil you can stop anywhere you want on the road.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes better to climb the pyramids and some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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