The Sunday Traveler ~ Dzibilchaltun

In Yucatán there are words and names of places that do not roll easily off the tongue. Dzibilchaltun is one of them. A Maya archeological site of ruins about ten miles north of Merida, the state capital.

The main structure, that shown above, is the Temple of Seven Dolls, found on site when the temple was discovered under the ruins of a later pyramid being excavated by archeologists in the 1950’s.

During the vernal equinox the site is crowded with people to see the sunrise that comes directly on center through the doorway. It is not certain that the temple’s construction was done with this in mind.

Certain other things did catch my eye as far as the way things were laid out, such as this monolith that seems to be aligned with the temple’s doorway. Was this of significance? It wasn’t explained out on the grounds in the form of any plaques or signage of any kind. There is a museum at the entrance/exit of the site that might have provided more information, but it was closed at the time of my visit due to COVID restrictions.

There were a few more crumbling pieces of ruins on this site, but this piece of a 16th century Spanish church built after the conquest was by far the largest still standing here at Dzibilchaltun after the temple itself.

A small site of ruins in Yucatán off the beaten path, and I have to wonder how many more such as this remain undiscovered.

More from Yucatán coming up soon. Until then, travel on.


About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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2 Responses to The Sunday Traveler ~ Dzibilchaltun

  1. Tippy Gnu says:

    Beautiful. I’ve been to Tulum, and a Mayan site in Belize. These places leave me wondering what life might have been like for the inhabitants.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks. I’ve been to Tulum and Ek Balam, the later a bit like Dzibilchaltún only more structured, of pyramid-type. These smaller archeological sites are great to visit due to fewer tourists. My cousin and I were two of about five other people out there.

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