Let’s get ready for a journey through time and the greatness of the Mayan civilization, since Ichkabal, an ancient archaeological jewel that surpasses Chichén Itzá and Uxmal in antiquity, is about to dazzle the world. With its opening scheduled for mid-2024, this historical treasure will become the most resplendent tourist attraction in Quintana Roo and the Mexican Caribbean, uniting history, aesthetics, and magnificence in one place.
Emerging from the depths of time, Ichkabal, a Mayan city that precedes the more famous Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, is about to reveal its magnificence to the modern world. This archaeological jewel, located in Quintana Roo, has remained hidden for centuries, until its fortuitous discovery in 1995 revealed its greatness. Now, after decades of meticulous preservation and study, Ichkabal will open its doors to the public in 2024, unleashing an outpouring of emotion and wonder.
Ichkabal is not only an ancient Mayan city; It is the historical epicenter that once led a pre-Hispanic civilization. With roots going back to the classical period as far back as 1000 BC, Ichkabal stands as the most significant political epicenter of the Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula. A lineage of Divine Lords of Kanal, one of the most prominent dynasties of the Mayan civilization, originates here, adding layers of mysticism to this archaeological marvel.
Ichkabal’s colossal dimensions are truly astounding. Its pyramids and architectural structures, which rise up to 40 meters high with pyramidal bases that reach 200 meters, far exceed the magnificent buildings of Chichén Itzá. An impressive set that is considered a tribute to the ingenuity and skill of the ancient Maya.
Located south of Quintana Roo, in the municipality of Bacalar, Ichkabal joins in a historic embrace with other notable Mayan monuments such as Dzibanché, Kinichna, and Kohulich. However, for decades its essence was hidden under jungle vegetation, making it difficult to discover its hidden treasures. But now, from the middle of 2024, the central area of Ichkabal, known as the “place between low”, will be able to offer local and international audiences a living chapter of history.
Three monumental structures and a central square of approximately 300 meters, adorned with a rectangular lagoon of 80×60 meters, make up this majestic setting. Stones that border the waters of the lagoon, skilfully placed to prevent erosion, have witnessed centuries of Mayan occupation and now share their secrets with modern visitors.
The opening of Ichkabal will mark a milestone not only in the history of Quintana Roo, but also in the tourist attraction of the entire Mexican Caribbean. This archaeological jewel will join the selection of treasures open to the public in Quintana Roo, enriching a catalog of 454 sites to visit. From its architectural majesty to its rich history, Ichkabal is destined to offer unforgettable experiences to travelers looking to connect with the past and marvel at the grandeur of a civilization that transcends centuries.