The Mayan ruin and cenote in Yucatan closest to Merida and Progreso is Dzibilchaltún, which makes it convenient for cruise ship passengers who don't want to make the longer trip to Chichen Itza or Uxmal. The main attraction at Dzibilchaltún (pronounced dzee-beel-chawl-TOON) is the House of the Seven Dolls, a Late Classic temple named after a group of small dancing figures found inside. The Maya designed this important structure to align with the solar equinox. On March 21 and September 22 the sun blazes through a rear window and emerges through the principal doorway, a stunning moment to witness. The onsite Museum of the Mayan People contains artifacts found at Dzibilchaltún, which means "the place where there is writing on stones." Visit Cenote Xlacah for a refreshing dip in its lily pad covered waters. Hacienda Xcanatun on the highway to Merida or Eladio's in Progreso are great restaurants for lunch.
Hours: Daily, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Services: parking, guided tours, restaurant, restrooms, crafts shop
Getting to and away from Merida:
By Car: From downtown Mérida, follow Paseo de Montejo or Calle 60 north out of the city onto Highway 261. Take the Dzibilchaltún exit 12 km from Merida. The site is about 4 km on the right.
By Bus: The Autocentro bus for Chablecal stops at Dzibilchaltún and departs from the station on Calle 62, between Calle 67 and 69.
By Shared Van: Colectivos going to Chablecal and Dzibilchaltún depart from Calle 58 between Calles 57 and 59. Ask the driver to drop you off at the site -- it's a short walk from the road to the entrance.
Getting to and away from Progreso
By Car: From Progreso take Highway 261 toward Merida. Take the Dzibilchaltún exit 12 km from Merida. The site is about 4 km on the right.
Taxi: A taxi stand is located on the corner of Calles 27 and 80.
Colectivos: Shared vans arrive and depart from the intersection of Calles 29 and 82.