Archaeological Zone of Dzibanche

The Dzibanché - Kinichná complex is located in a transition zone between the lowland jungle in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula and the tropical rainforest of the Petén. The settlement occupies an area of ​​more than 40 km2 and is made up of four groups of monumental architecture: Dzibanché or Main Group, Central Complex or Lamay Group, Tutil and Kinichná, groups that had specific functions, interconnected by sacbés or Mayan white roads.

In the architecture of the site, it is possible to observe the Peten style, a style that was replaced in the middle of the Classic (approx. 600 AD), by temples with facades decorated with paired pilasters, very high double-development vaults with tensioners at the ends of their narrow galleries and basements with bodies decorated with talus - board, characteristics belonging to a local style, associated with the Kaan dynasty, which was established on the site during the Early Classic. The existence of hieroglyphic texts engraved on the monuments of the staircase of the Temple of the Captives and findings of sumptuous offerings in burial chambers, denote that Dzibanché was involved in the conquest of several towns, war conquests carried out by various rulers of the Kaan family, during more than two centuries.


The site is reached by Federal Highway 186 (Chetumal-Escárcega) until reaching the deviation at kilometer 215.5 that leads along an asphalt road to the towns of Morocoy and San Pedro Peralta. Passing Morocoy, in the place known as 'La Pista', take the deviation that leads to the site, seven kilometers east, along a paved road that leads directly into the archaeological zone.



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