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Playa del Carmen

Dzibilchaltun

These ruins are a living example of two different cultures coming together, home to both Mayan and Catholic artifacts housed in an air conditioned museum onsite, along with various ruins. The most popular ruin is the Templo de las Siete Muñecas (Temple of the Seven Dolls), named for the seven figures inside the temple it was built over another set of ruins that was a popular practice among the Mayans. In the 16th century, the Franciscans arrived and built a church with a connecting sacbe (roadway) from the Temple to the Open chapel, which now lies in ruins. Another wonderful feature of Dzibilchaltun is the Cenote Xlakah a freshwater pool off of the main plaza. (See Cenote section in Things to Do) Dzibilchaltun is easily accessible from Merida (9 miles away) and there are taxis that can take you directly there.