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Yucatan and Campeche States Sights


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 02/18/2015

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This compact archaeological site east of Mérida offers the unique opportunity to view architecture spanning two millennia in one sweeping vista. Standing atop a ruined Mayan temple built more than a thousand years ago, you can see the incongruous sight of workers processing sisal in a rusty-looking factory, which was built in the early 20th century. To the right of this dilapidated building are the ruins of the old Hacienda and Iglesia de San Lorenzo Aké, both constructed

of stones taken from the Mayan temples.

Experts estimate that Aké was populated between AD 250 and 900; today many people in the area have Aké as a surname. The city seems to have been related to the very important and powerful one at present-day Izamal; in fact, the two cities were once connected by a sacbé (white road) 43-feet wide and 33-km (20-miles) long. All that has been excavated so far are two pyramids, one with rows of columns (35 total) at the top, reminiscent of the Toltec columns at Tula, north of Mexico City.

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near Tixkokob, 32 km (19 mi) east of Mérida, Mérida, Yucatán, 97476, Mexico

Sight Details:

  • M$42
  • Daily 9–5.

Updated 02/18/2015


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