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Dzibilchaltún, Merida
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Witness the mysterious structures and culture of a long-disappeared civilization at Dzibilchaltún. Continuously inhabited for thousands of years, this grand settlement is now open to explore, and you can even climb the structure for great views over the site. Check out the museum here, and study artifacts uncovered from the site, from tiny sculptures to metal bells. After exploring the site, consider cooling off in the cenote, where the resident fish will give you a pedicure. Plan to visit Dzibilchaltún and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Merida attractions using our Merida vacation route planner.
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  • The very interesting archaeological site, but without doubt the main attraction is its cenote, you can not miss it
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  • This (rather small) site is located about 30 minutes drive from Merida. The small museum exposes various Mayan objects and showcases the history of the maya era, the Spanish conquest and the henequen industry. The pyramid of 7 dolls (of the siete muñecas) owes its name to the 7 figurines found during excavations. The windows and doors ignite through the rays of the Sun at each Equinox. There is also a "platform" more of 130, which is one of the longest recorded to date. In the cenote in the open air which at maximum depth is over 40 meters, thousands of Mayan objects were discovered in the 1950s. Today, it offers a bit of freshness to the visitors who can swim. Finally, know that the backpacks and other luggage are not permitted on the site.
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  • The ancient maya settlement in spite of being relatively small (the area open to the public) was a very important point for the Mayan culture. With the Temple of 7 dolls, which together with the castle of Kukulcan in Chichén Itzá, offers the archaeo-astronomical Equinox phenomenon. The area is located just 20 minutes from the city of the city of Merida. The road is in optimal conditions and can be reached without any problems.
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  • Great maya ruins. There´s a really large (not tall) pyramid and a beautiful pond that they call a "cenonte". Don´t forget to bring bathing clothes to take a chance to swim in that amazingly clean water!
  • If you want to learn some Mexican and Mayan history... you should come here. You can honestly do the whole place in an hour or less, so don't expect an all day adventure. Be prepared to walk alot and wear comfortable shoes especially if you want to climb the temples!
  • I have always wanted to visit a Mayan pyramid and climb it. This was great and I learned a lot from our guide. Food is not so great.
  • The Mayan pyramids are a beautiful site to behold. Pictures do not do the scale justice and building structures this massive would be quite a task with modern equipment...
  • The museum is small but somehow interesting. The cenote water is not very inviting and the ruins are so-so. Quite pricy for what it is... Not worth the ride