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Oxkintok, Maxcanu

Categories: Scenic Walking Areas, Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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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  • This site n has nothing to do with the others because it is much older that Uxmal. It is a site of classic pre of the same period as the cities of the South. The site is great and worth be known however hiding a unique secret and mysterious... I let you discover for yourself
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  • Oxkintok is a very large Mayan city... mostly covered by jungle. It does have some central buildings, palaces and even a small ball game. Its beauty lies in the nature overtaking the old buildings and...  read more »
  • The ruins are interesting and very reasonably priced (MXN$50 each adult). However the absolute highlight for is by far was finding the guide Victor outside who took us to an incredible grutas. Not on ...  read more »
  • The road was well marked but treacherous. If it were raining or we came upon another car it would have been difficult. There were three main pyramids with ruins. We saw a very large lizard enjoying the sun. The attendant was very polite with limited English. Facilities included flush toilet. Don't forget insect repellant!
  • road to get there is very narrow and bumpy, your car will get scratched on the sides by many branches. the road is only wide enough for one car so if you meet another one going the other direction, one of you will need to back up a long way. we got there along with about 20 people at 4:40, and they wouldn't let any of us in because the place closes at 5:00.
  • It is an amazing place that represents the legacy of the Mayan culture. This is an excellent place that you should visit, the pyramids are wonderful and the and the history of the place is amazing.
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  • A good way to visit the archaeological site in family
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  • Super to explore
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