Xcambó means “Place of the Maiden” or “Place of the Waning Moon”. This site is located just 2 km south from San Bruno, on the Yucatan’s north coast, in the Municipality of Dzemul.
Experts consider Xcambó as one of the largest pre-Hispanic coastal settlements in the peninsula. The village’s large structures were built on a limestone outcropping surrounded by dense mangrove forests.
This place was one of the most important ports of the Early Classic period and its inhabitants controlled the production and traffic of salt in the area.
Religious practices have been important in Xcambó since the settlement’s foundation.
Proof of this is the fact that villagers from Dzemul still go on pilgrimage to a small chapel built on one of the Maya structures, where they venerate the Virgin Mary in her titles of Our Lady of the Assumption and the Immaculate Conception.
This chapel built with stones taken from the Maya temples in Xcambó is also a good example of the sincretism that prevails all over Mexico, in which prehispanic and Catholic religious beliefs blend into one single bicultural contemporary reality.
Xcambó is actually just a couple of miles away from the Hotel Reef Club Yucatan, one of the few all inclusive resorts on the Yucatecan coast. If you’re not afraid of a little bike ride, you can rent a bycicle there and
pedal all the way down to the ruins.
In fact, if you climb to the top of the main pyramid, right in the middle of the archaeological site, you are able to see the Reef Club and the coastline.
The patron days for this site are May 19-20.
Admission: $67 pesos ($4 USD) per person.
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