The ancient Mayan city of Dzibilchaltún is a magical place for lovers of archaeoastronomical phenomena. These phenomena allow us to observe the games of lights and shadows created by the stars in buildings.

We know that the Maya built their cities keeping in mind their cosmogony vision, with the stars as references when it comes to building. In many ancient Mayan cities we can observe these Archaeoastronomical phenomena that attract the curiosity of the visitor.

The best known is that of Chichen Itza, with the snake-shaped shadow descending the Pyramid of Kukulcan.

Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors, Chichen Itza

Equinox in Dzibilchaltún

En Dzibilchaltún during equinoxes spring and autumn the sun can be admired perfectly fit through the Temple of the Seven Dolls, the 20 and 21 days of March, and 20 and 21 of September. The same lunar phenomenon can be seen between the March 22 and the April 20.

The general INAH, an entity that manages the archaeological and historical heritage of Mexico, leaves much to be desired when it comes to extending schedules to see these phenomena. For the Dzibilchaltún equinox they open at 4: 30 in the morning. Get in touch directly with the INAH.

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Temple of the Seven Dolls

Temple of the Seven Dolls

In addition to the spectacular nature of this phenomenon, Dzibilchaltún It is one of the oldest Mayan settlements in the region, with evidences that refer us to the 500 BC

At present there are not many constructions to appreciate, being the Temple of the Seven Dolls the most striking You can walk by one of the sacbé (white road in Mayan Yucatan) that are preserved in Dzibilchaltún, a straight line during hot periods.

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dzibilchaltun ruins

Cenote Xlacah and site museum

Inside the enclosure we find the beautiful Cenote Xlacah (old Town in Yucatecan Maya) where you can take a bath in its crystalline waters. Here archeological Mayan remains were found.

Some findings are shown in the attractive museum that we can visit at the entrance. The stelae of Dzibilchaltún are magnificent, which put us in the Classic Maya Period (200- 900 AD)

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Cenote Xlacah

Dzibilchaltún it also encloses a small open Christian chapel, where the Mayans were indoctrinated in the new religion brought by the Spanish colonizers. We must remember that the ancient Maya was not a friend of closed places, that is why they built open chapels.

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A different place in the Mayan world to visit, some Mayan ruins with enough curiosities to approach you even if it is not on equinox dates.

Visit Dzibilchaltún, entrance of the 1 equinox sun

Dzibilchaltún, archaeological site

LOCATION: Dzibilchaltún is located at 14 Kilometers north of the city of> Mérida, direction Progreso.
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. For the equinox the place opens at 4:30. Find out directly with him INAH.
PRICE ENTRY: 57 mxn payment of the INAH, and the payment of Cultur is 37 mxn for Mexicans and residents and 78 mxn for foreigners. You must pay the additional cultur payment. 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? From Mérida, buses leave for Chablekal from 58 street between 59 and 61. From this town you must take a motorcycle taxi to the archaeological zone. Ask the taxi drivers back to Merida, there are not many. It takes about one hour and 30 minutes to arrive. From Mérida the agencies do tours.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, closed and comfortable shoes to climb structures and protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well. The heat in this area hits hard, especially from April to September. The straight to the Temple of the Dolls is punishing. Oh, do not forget the swimsuit for the cenote.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTERO: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes, do not use body creams, or protective, or repellents before entering them. To hang yourself from the roots of the trees or touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place.

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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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