Grutas de Uaxactún


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Location: At Uaxactún, 40km north of Tikal.
Open: No restrictions
Fee: Adults Q15.
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History

 
MAY-1916ruins rediscovered by Sylvanus Morley.
1924Frans Bloom made a more detailed investigation of the structures and mapped the site.
1926-1937archaeological excavations by the Carnegie Institution led by Oliver Ricketson.
1970rough road opened up, connecting Uaxactun to Tikal.
1982Tikal National Park was expanded to included the ruins of Uaxactun within its protected area.
1984road improved.

Description

The ancient name for Uaxactún was Siaan K'aan or Born in Heaven. The name Uaxactún was given to the site by its rediscoverer, archeologist Sylvanus Morley from the USA, in May of 1916.

The village is famous not only for its Mayan ruins but for its bat cave. Every evening at dusk thousand of bats emerge from this cave.


Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.


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