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Oxkintok is a pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site in the Puuc region of Yucatán state, in Southeastern Mexico.There is no evidence of warfare, or famine to cause the abandonment of Oxkintok. Nor is there evidence for occupation after it had been abandoned around 1500 CE. This date of abandonment has been interpreted by the disappearance of pottery production at the site.Research at this site is ongoing along with the interpretation of previously collected data. As with all investigations, ideas and interpretations do not always coalesce. Reported here is primarily work by Miguel Rivera Dorado in the late 90's.Geography and climateThe site of Oxkintok is located on the northwestern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, and is situated uncharacteristically (for the region) near two other sites. Oxkintok lies 6 kilometers southeast from Maxcanu, 46 kilometers to the northeast of Uxmal, and 50 kilometers south of the current state capital city of Merida. The Puuc region, Puuc being the Mayan word for hill. The Puuc hills extend from the southern Yucatan up to Campeche in the north and Quintana Roo in the west. These are the limits of the karstic hills in the otherwise flat landscape of the Yucatan.The Yucatan is an extensive, limestone rich plains region that is dominated by karst topography and geology. Being karst landscape is significant, as no surface water is present. This means no major river systems and hardly any lakes are present in the northern Yucatan as the limestone lithology drains subterraneously. Any surface water that is retained is unsuitable for consumption and occurs in very small amounts. The underground drainage results in the northern Yucatan being covered in caves and sinkholes called Cenotes, which are subsequently used by the inhabitants to access drinkable ground water. Any relief in the Puuc region is due to unequal dissolution rates within the limestone bedrock, and never reaches 400 meters above sea level.
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  • It is a ruin in ruins, still has not been re-tocada by the hand of man, here where lies its beauty. He is recommended to only visit if you have time to spare.
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  • An excellent place for cool mornings too preserved the ruins there are places where you can go and enjoy the great scenery for tourists
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  • There are two ways to Oxkintok from Rt 180. One is to exit 180 to Muna-Maxcanu road and then make a sharp right onto a dirt road. The shorter (and better) one is to take the other end of this dirt roa...  more »
  • The ruins of oxkintok beautiful place out of maxcanú bridge
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  • excellent place
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  • Good taste and price
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