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Dzibanché, means "writing on wood" in Mayan. The name Dzibanché comes from the fact that Temple #6 has a wooden lintel with glyphs from 618 AD. The site is fairly old dating to 200 BC. It became a great city around 200 AD and the buildings that you can see today were built. The site can be visited on a day trip combined with Kohunlich and Kinichna. You may see Dzibanché spelled Tzibanche on some maps. The signs on the road are very well marked with Dzibanché

Dzibanché Hours: 8:00-5:00

Admission fee of $46 pesos also covers the entry fee into Kinichna'

To get there: Access is along Highway 186 Chetumal - Escárcega. At mile 58 turn north passing through the town of Morocoy. Continue 2 km further, turning right at the signs to Dzibanche. Dzibanche is 7 km from this point and leads directly to the site.

This site is a 2 hour drive from Mayan Beach Garden. Usually seen in one day combined with a visit to Kohunlich and a dip into Cenote Azul outside of Bacalar.

Dzibanché Map


Temple 6 is a large pyramidal platform upon which there is a temple with two vaulted galleries. It has just recently been re-excavated and some tunnels exposed in the first level. The one at the rear has a special design with tensors that prevent the walls from collapsing at their corners; above it a solid trapezoidal cresting was built, some of which remains. The exposed temple belongs to the last stage of construction; its walls were decorated with painted stucco panels. The stairway shows three constructional phases, the one exposed dating from the earliest times. This is the one temple at Dzibanché that you can no longer climb.

Building 6, also known as the building of the lintels, inspired the name of the site. The original lintels of the south opening show the calendrical inscription dated 733 AD.


(Above) One of the new areas shown above.

Dzibanche is an active archaeological site. The area to the right has been recently excavated and some areas are blocked from visitation (May 2012) .

Dzibanche - New area

Above and also Right, newly excavated plaza. The building on the right has many smaller rooms and hallways - some with Mayan Arches still in tact.

Mayan Arch

Satellite view of Dzibanche where you can see the temple complexes. This is expecially interesting to view after you have been there and can see what you missed! It is a massive city. Even as you approach the area you will see mounds in the middle of grassy pastures with trees sticking out the top - evidences of temples never excavated but where the Mayans farmed around the temple, repecting the atiguity of the building.

View Dzibanche in a larger map

Dzibanche Map

updated 27-Jun-2012

The picture of the howler monkey below was taken at Calakmul, but it is quite possible to see howlers in the afternoon at Dzibanche. Normally they are sleeping in the morming. If you hear them, they sound like a monster or a jaguar. When you are alone at a ruin, the sound can be frightening, but don't worry, they live their entire lives in the trees.

Howler at Dzibanche

Last updated: June 27, 2012

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