If you're into culture, history, the arts, and traditions, Chetumal is a destination that will fascinate you. Enjoy an incredible adventure full of fun, art and culture on your next business trip or vacation to this picturesque city.
You can start your visit in the City Museum, which is home to a huge number of valuable objects related to the founding of Chetumal. There are six rooms in total, each of which tells visitors about the history of Chetumal through photos, furniture, handicrafts, and documents. There are even guns that tell the tales of battles fought in the city's past.
Afterwards, you can head to Museo de la Cultura Maya (The Mayan Cultural Museum), a fascinating site located in downtown Chetumal. This museum gives a fantastic overview of this incredible civilization, including their history and impressive artistic activities.
Once you've seen this museum and found out more about the history and context of the Mayan culture in Chetumal, you'll be ready to see architecture from the period in its original setting. It's time to go to the outskirts of the city and to discover some of the most impressive Mayan ruins in southern Quintana Roo.
Dzibanche is located approximately 50 miles from Chetumal, and it’s one of the largest Mayan archeological sites in the south of Quintana Roo. Around the site you'll find wooden lintels featuring carved calendars, along with a variety of structures, such as the impressive Templo de los Dinteles (Temple of the Lintels). This place is huge in size, with some buildings separated from others by over a mile, so be prepared to do a lot of walking.
Kohunlich is another important archeological site in the south of Quintana Roo, located less than 40 miles from Chetumal. This place is also huge and features dozens of structures, including multiple platforms, plazas, temples, and residential buildings. The Templo de los Mascarones (Temple of the Masks) is the most emblematic at the site, boasting enormous masks carved in stone and painted with red dye, which are still in good condition even after all these years.
Get in contact with the rich history and culture of the city and the area during your next vacation in Chetumal, and have a wonderful adventure!
A Cultural Adventure In Chetumal
- Juan Pablo Pinzón