Ichkabal The New Mayan Ruins.
Ichkabal is newly found ruin that is currently being excavated. Is located in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco and started exploration work in 2003. It is located 383 km from Cancun and 312 km from Riviera Maya. This Mayan City is larger than Chichen itza and Uxmal, which are vast sites. Its opening is planned for 2018
Due to its broad architecture and the fact that it was completely unknown and well preserved for centuries, it has been a task to rescue. It consists of 5 main buildings; two of them are 40 meters-tall.
There is evidence that Ichkabal was inhabited until 900 AD, a time period during which it is believed there was a massive abandonment of Mayan cities. The site has already revealed that it might be the largest yet discovered. Its tower is higher than the previous record height discovered in Chichen itza.
Ich kabal was initially discovered in 1995, but it was not until 2009 that funding began to excavate the site. Small groups have been able to tour the site privately since 2011. When it does open, only a very small portion of the area will be excavated and open to the public.
This site sits on local ejidos which belongs to communal lands holder that have owned the land for generations, and they will receive compensation from the Mexican government by the impacts caused in the area.
Ichkabal is located inside the thick jungle and will provide in addition to archaeological tourism, a vast area for eco-tourism activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, biking and Cenote Adventures.
So if you are a vacation archaeologic, you might want to put Ichkabal on your schedule for the near future.
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