DZIBILCHALTÚN RUINS AND STOP AT RANCHO TIERRA BONITA
An excursion to discover the history and culture of Yucatán by visiting the extraordinary Mayan site of Dzibilchaltún with its majestic ruins and Rancho Tierra Bonita, where we learn more about the life of Mexican cowboys and enjoy a typical Mexican lunch.
What we will see
- Dzibilchaltún archaeological site
- Temple of the Seven Dolls, Xlacah cenote
- Rancho Tierra Bonita
- Typical buffet lunch
- Folk dance performance
- Horse acrobatics
What we will do
- A brief transfer takes us to the Dzibilchaltún archaeological site. In the Mayan language, the name means “place where there is writing on the stones” due to the numerous memorial stones found.
- We start exploring this fascinating site, the most ancient Mayan settlement known to man and one of the leading ceremonial centres of this civilisation covering 16 km2 with over 8000 buildings, many of which still to be discovered.
- In the two hours available, we cannot help but admire the Temple of the Seven Dolls named after an offering of seven small terracotta effigies found inside it. The building actually boasts two opposing windows, which is exceptional in Mayan architecture. The sun aligns through them at sunset during the spring and autumn equinoxes.
- The site also includes the large Xlacah cenote, a natural sinkhole that reaches 40 metres deep where people can swim in the crystal-clear cool waters. The remains found on the bottom have led experts to believe that it was once used for human sacrifice.
- After a short stop at the souvenir shop, we head to Rancho Tierra Bonita, the ideal place to get acquainted with Mexican culture. A delicious buffet lunch awaits us with various Yucatán delicacies served with cold beer, margaritas and soft drinks.
- After lunch, we take a look at a vast array of handicrafts including chiselled silver objects, clothing and carved wooden artefacts and choose our souvenir to take home with us.
- We then take our place around a rodeo arena to watch a folk dance performance followed by horse acrobatics during which charros (traditional Mexican cowboys) display their lasso throwing skills. We also have the opportunity to try out a few tricks ourselves with a rope or riding an Aztec horse.
What you need to know
- This excursion includes stretches on foot on uneven ground.