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Location DB > Mexico > Quintana Roo > Playa Del Carmen > Xcaret
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Xcaret
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created by lopix on 7/30/2005 2:03 PM
last modified by lopix on 7/30/2005 2:29 PM
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 Description
The site includes 60 structures which are comprised of 8 groups of buildings: the Inlet, the Platforms, the Temple, the Cliff, the Wall and various groups. They are mainly from the Post Classic period (1400-1517) when the Spanish arrived in Mexico. In pre-historic times the area was known as the ancient Maya port of Pole, an important commercial center for the sailor with coastal trade routes as far south as Honduras.
 Basic Information
Type: Ruins and more
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information
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Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Mexico
Owner: Miguel Quintana Pali
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Pyramids
    Church
    Cemetery
    Underground river
    Cenotes
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  • fences
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  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1400
    Closed: 1517
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     History
    Xcaret (little inlet), used to be the ancient port of Polé and it was also one of the most important trade and maritime ports that had its golden days in the Late Post-Classic period (1400-1517 AC).

    Within the natural shelter of the inlet, boats carrying honey, copal, jade and gold ornaments, obsidian knifes and other merchandise, were unloaded. It was here, in the waters of the sacred sinkhole, where the Mayans purified their bodies to then board their boats and travel to Cozumel where they worshipped Ixchel, goddess of fertility.

    Once the Spanish arrived, they started to build their own buildings, including San Francisco de Asis Chapel - one of the oldest Christian churches in the area, perched high on a bluff overlooking the Mayan village and the ocean. This is near the site of the first European settlement in the area.
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    Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
    posted by lopix
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    Photography 9 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 3 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mickael on 2/27/2006 5:33 AM.

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  • on Jul 30 05 at 14:45, lopix made this location available
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