If you are spending some time in Merida or it's surrounding areas, I would recommend a visit to Dzibilchaltun. This Mayan archaeological site less than 10 miles from Merida. The ruins here aren't as grand as Chichen Itza, but the area has much to offer. There is an air conditioned museum on the premises, several old mayan structures including the temple of the seven dolls and the remains of an old church, mayan gardens, homes, etc to explore and also a beautiful clear, fresh water swimming hole (cenote). The combination of features of this area make for a nice visit any time of day. Even in the heat of the afternoon, you can break up your sightseeing with a dip in the cenote or visit to the airconditioned museum. If you should happen to be visiting during the Fall or Spring equinox (21st of the month), this is a MUST SEE as the main temple was built so that the sunrise lights up the main corridor. Bring your bathing suit along, you won't regret a swim in the cenote. It is wonderful and WARM. If you are not a good swimmer, bring a tube or float along as the water is very deep in most areas. All this is included in the cost of approx. $6 U.S. Kids under 13 are free. It will cost you an extra $1 to park.
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