It is well known that in Mexico, we can find a great diversity of cultures along with the extension of this country. Cultures like the Toltec, Olmec, Mexica, among others, are part of Mexico’s cultural history. However, they are not as recognized as the Mayan Culture.
The Mayan culture has managed to position itself as one of the primary cultures not only in Mexico but in large parts of Latin America since there are temples that aren’t found in the Mexican country.
However, the most awarded ones can be found in the Riviera Maya and its surroundings. But there are other cities in the country that you can visit, and we are sure they will leave you speechless.
It should be noted that the Mayan culture was not the first culture or the last in Mexico. However, it is one of the most recognized internationally, and much of the tourism received in the Riviera Maya, and other parts of Mexico is usually to know the ancient cities of different cultures.
These ruins can be found advancing along the Merida-Puerto Progreso road, turning off at the villages of Chablekal and Conkal, you will find these impressive ruins in the town of Dzibilchaltún.
The meaning of its name comes from four Mayan words: Dzib (writing), il (locative), chal (flat), and tun (stone), so you could say that it is known as the place where there is writing on flat rocks.
You can access these ruins from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, the latter being open all year round.
Ek Balam is a word in the Mayan language formed by the phrase Ek, which is called the color black and alludes to the stars and Balam, which in the Mayan language means jaguar.
The Mayans translate it into “Lucero-jaguar.”
In its time this city was a capital with great wealth, with a population estimated between 12 to 18 thousand inhabitants, it is said that the first ruler of name Ek’Balam or Coch Balam, arrived from the Middle East and governed this city for almost 40 years.
In these ruins, we can find a ball game court and an arch where a Sacbé ended, which is known to be a sacred road that connected with the other cities in other kingdoms of the Mayan Culture.
The leading site is known as Acropolis, and we can find a significant amount of vaults in different levels of the structure and passages, it is known to be one of the most significant buildings in Yucatan.
Archeological Zone of Tulum
Reliable sources indicate that the name this site receives in Mayan is Zamá, which means tomorrow or dawn in the Mayan language. And the name of Tulum can be translated as wall. This can refer to the high wall that can be found here.
The archaeological zone of Tulum has five entrances and two watchtowers, as well as an impressive view of the Caribbean Sea, which is located to the east.
It is located at Km. 230 of the federal highway Chetumal – Canún, south of Cancun, and is easily accessible by national road 370.
Therefore it is highly recommended that if you want to know this site can rent a car with City Cancun Car Rental this to be more easily accessible from the city of Tulum and only enter the road to avoid struggling so much.
However, if you are located in Cancun, you can rent a car at Cancun Airport, to venture on the road and enjoy the breathtaking scenery you can find there.
Xcaret Archaeological Zone
To get to the ruins, you only need to get to Xcaret Park. You don’t have to pay a park ticket to enter the ruins. They have their access. The ruins are open to the public from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 3:00 pm.
To get there, you can take the Cancun – Chetumal 307 highway to the south.
One of the most significant recommendations we can make is to hire a Cancun Shuttle Transportation, because this way you could look for a private tour, to have a better experience in the site.