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It is one of the most important Mayan settlements in Yucatan.

Its name is a Mayan word composed of the words ox (three), kin (sun) and tok (flint), that is: "Three cutting suns" or "Three stone suns".

This site is not the best known in the peninsula but is one of the most important and longest occupied Mayan settlements in Yucatan.

According to research, the city was inhabited from the Late pre-Classic (300 BC-300 A.D) to the post-Classic (1250-1500 AD).

Oxkintok

Must see Buildings

Oxkintok is known for its calendrical inscriptions, some of the oldest-known dates in the Yucatán; as well as for its stone columns of anthropomorphic design, the stelae, and especially for the most popular structure at the site, the Satunsat, also known as "labyrinth", a sort of a maze built to replicate a cave complex with narrow and long rooms that communicate with each other through small entrances.

There's no real guess as to what it was built for, though most the ventilation shafts line up with specific positions of the sun, so maybe it was used with religious purposes.

The site is characterized by its structures laid out on large plinths in the shape of a great “L”. There are four main groups distribuited in approximately 8 square km. known as: Ah-Canul, May, Tzat Tun Tzat and Dzib. Some groups are connected with a wide network of sacbes.

The 15 m tall pyramid is the highest structure in the site and is located in the Ah-May group. But one of the most interesting structures is Palacio Chich, in the Ah-Canul group, it features an original stonework and the two columns in front carved with human figures.

This site has one of the oldest ball games in Yucatán.

Location

It is located about one hour from Mérida.

Hours

Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs.

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