The Yucatan is known for not only its amazing beaches, but also its rich Mayan culture and history that is evident not only in people but in its numerous Mayan ruins.
The Ruins of Dzibilchaltún were built thousands of years ago and are located about thirty minutes outside of the Yucatan’s capital city, Merida. It is thought that the ancient builders were trying to get as close to the ocean as possible, where salt production was taking place, without building in infertile land. There is a cenote here as well, where thousands of years ago people would go to get fresh water , but today visitors can swim in it.
(Above) The Cenote was amazing to visit. The water was crystal clear and very deep in parts. The water lilies were beautiful. If you stay still long enough the small freshwater fish will nibble on you feet which is very cool. After a couple hours in the sun looking at ruins the cenote is the best way to cool off!
The Mayan civilization was conquered by the Spanish conquistadores starting in the 16th century. During this time the Mayan people were forced to become Catholic and many of their cities were destroyed.
Of the ones that remain to this day, the ruins of Dzibilchaltún are very interesting. The main ruin is called the House of the Seven Dolls. It is named this because when it was being discovered archaeologists found seven small sculptures of people. In the middle of the ruins there is a ruin of a Catholic church which was built by the Spanish destroying some of the Mayan temples and buildings and using the stone to build their church.