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Another Mayan gem

Having been to quite few Mayan ruins, you always think you are prepared for what is the next one... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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We actually wound up here by fate...security issues forced the cancellation of our plans in... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
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Ancient Mayan city with impressive pyramids and buildings.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Chetumal, Mexico
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Having been to quite few Mayan ruins, you always think you are prepared for what is the next one and yet it is always something different and unique, thoroughly enjoyed this visit, well worth the long drive

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

We actually wound up here by fate...security issues forced the cancellation of our plans in Cozumel. So we booked Dzibanche at the last minute...we are so glad we did. The bus ride was lengthy, but by the time you got there you felt like you...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank william m
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Do not let the long bus ride scare you away from this side trip from a cruise line. We signed up off of the Norwegian Getaway. YES, it was a 2 1/2 hour bus ride one way. Our guide gave us information during the ride...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kevin E
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Dzibanche is a major Maya archaeological site. Archeologists believe Dzibamche may have been the seat of the Kan/Snake dynasty that ruled before Calakmul. Whereas Chizen Itza and Tulum in the upper Yucatan are relatively "new" sites from the Post-Classic period, Dzibanche appears to have been...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank mmmbrix
Reviewed April 12, 2018

We went on a tour that including Dzibanche and Kohunlich. The two sites are about 35 minutes apart. Seeing the two together made for a very interesting day as they each have their interesting aspects. We did this as a day excursion while on a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 11, 2018

The ruins of Dzibanche are totally amazing and astonishing! If you are on the Yucatán peninsula you have to visit them, they are really breathtaking and something you do not see anywhere else on the Earth! In the Dzibanche-area there are several ruins, some higher...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Isepise
Reviewed March 27, 2018

Our transport was spotlessly clean, I thought it brand new, but I was told it was 2 years old. We left dust footprints on the floor when we embarked. THAT is clean! Enrique could not have been a better guide. He covered so many things...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank B G
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

I went here with some friends with our Tour guide Pablo. The place is filled with culture and natural beauty. As soon as I walked, I felt the peace of the area. I wish to go again soon. There are Mayan ruins in which you...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Satihana
Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

We toured this ruin along with Kohunlich as a shore excursion from our cruise ship. The ship contracted with Native Choice for this tour, and seeing the two ruins the same day gave a unique opportunity to compare the two. Dzibanche is undoubtedly the larger...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank tmoore48
Reviewed January 28, 2018

Having just returned from a western Caribbean cruise, there are many choices for shore excursions. We usually try to book indepently. This tour with Lorenzo was by far our favorite. It gives an opportunity to go inland and visit the real area, rather than just...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Von C
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Bilha K
March 15, 2018|
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Response from Ginny B | Reviewed this property |
Hi I live in the area, I think you will have no problem with the time. They will get you back there for the departure. They are both good ruins, but I prefer Dzibanche. I almost always see monkeys, and I love that, and it... More
Wendy H
March 25, 2017|
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Response from Gershwin12 | Reviewed this property |
Maybe you had a misspelling when you tried but according to google maps it's a 1 hr and 15 min drive
December 25, 2016|
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Response from annetL9670QD | Reviewed this property |
I think you need to sign up for admission through a tour company. Other than that, I don't know.
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Orange County, CA
10 days in Yucatan. Cancun-Merida-campeche/ (2 Replies)
I have 10 days. How many days would you recommend for Merida, then Campeche? Is Celestun worth staying a night at , or just a day trip? From Campeche is it too far to visit Calakmul or Dzibanche ruins in a day?
March 19, 2010|
Response fromBillLawson|
Sam question as in the other post, right? Merida: 2-5 days Campeche 2 days then back to Merida Celestun 1 night at EcoParaiso hotel Does this help for the Merida portion of your trip?
Bluffton, South Carolina
Ruins, which one? (6 Replies)
I am a bit confused, can anyone summarize the differences between the ruins, Chaccoben Dzibanche, Mayan and others? Are they basically the same? Thanks
February 22, 2016|
Response frompowderglut|
Each site is unique....The easiest one to go to is Chacchoben. It is about 45 mins from Mahahual. You could combine this with a visit to the ruins in the AM and then a lunch and swim in Bacalar lagoon (or Cenote Azul) in the afternoon. Some people find it hard to spend a full day walking around ruins in the hot jungle. This gives you both activities. 2 other ruins mentioned are usually combined together, Dzibanche and Kohunlich. A little under 2 hrs (1 way) to drive to these ruins. This...More
Recommended archaelogical ruins in Mexico (6 Replies)
Trying to plan my trip to the Yucatan/Campeche/Q.R. area to visit ruins I didn't see on my last trip, and would appreciate any recommendations as to which ruins I should not miss. In the Yucatan area, is it better to see ruins north of Merida such as Dzibilchaltun, Xcambo, & Mayapan or Oxkintoc & part of Uxmal (we didn't get to visit all the structures last time here because of the rain)? In Campeche, how many hours should I plan on visiting Edzna, Xtampak, Hochob, & Dzilibnocac?...More
March 09, 2012|
Response fromGreg V|
Justine....My recommendations will be in all bold letters. Dzibilchaltun does not have much to see except for the Temple of the Seven Dolls. It is easier to visit Xcambo by rental car, if you have one. MAYAPAN is a very nice site to visit. I was very impressed with OXKINTOK, as I did not expect so many structures to be there. If you've already been to Uxmal and seen part of the structures there, are you going to be satisfied with going there again just to see the structures you missed...More