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Exploring the Dzibilchaltun Ruins
What to see at Dzibilchaltun Ruins
While these Mayan ruins are not home to any massive pyramids, the area makes up for this with the well preserved Temple of the Seven Dolls; the focal point of the Dzibilchaltun ruins, 10 miles from the state capital of Merida. Named after the seven effigies on the site, the temple is a popular destination during the spring and autumn equinoxes. There is some debate as to whether the Maya intentionally built the temple in this way, but sightseers visit at this time to watch the sunset through the temple’s doorways and they are perfectly positioned to frame the sun.
There is a beautiful cenote nearby, Xlakah, which we wrote about here [link]. It is very deep at 140 feet below the surface. If you brought your swimwear, you can take a dip in the fresh water on a hot day.
Getting to Dzibilchaltun
Dzibilchaltun ruins can be found just north of the city of Merida. It is one of many ruins in the area which can all be explored within a two-day visit to the city. A taxi will take you the length of the 10 mile journey, but you can also take a local Colectivo to the site as the vans travel directly to the ruins, with no “layovers” along the way.