Kinichná Archeological Site

Unveiling the Mysteries of Kinichná, a Sanctuary for the Maya Sun God on your next getaway


Kinichná is one of the archeological complexes within Dzibanché, a pivotal Maya settlement in southern Quintana Roo. The acropolis of Kinichná, known as Casa del Sol (House of the Sun), is the three-tiered main building with a staircase leading to two temples situated on its sides.

It is believed that the platforms within the acropolis served as minor temples or residential structures. This site has yielded significant offerings and burials associated with war conquests led by rulers from the ka’an family for over two centuries.

The Acropolis, a monument of the spiritual evolution of the Maya

This monument was developed during the Early Classic period (250-450 AD). During this era, it served a purpose linked to the deification of individuals interred there, as Maya rulers attained divine status after death. Various burials have been found in the temples, including those of both minors and adults, both male and female, and even a jaguar. Funerary masks, mascarones (ornamental masks), polished bones with glyphs, plates, textiles, and turtle-shaped jade earrings have also been discovered. In the early 20th century, Thomas Gann reported remnants of white and red stucco.

Other structures include:

  • Temple of the Jaguar
  • Temple of the Parrots
  • Temple of the Howler Monkey
  • Temple of the Turtles
  • Temple of the Glyphs


Daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with the last entry permitted at 4:30 PM.

Entrance Fee to Kinichná: $75.00 pesos

Keep in Mind

  • There is a fee for using video cameras and professional photographic equipment.
  • No smoking, food, or pets allowed.

How to Get There

From Chetumal, take the Chetumal-Escárcega federal road 186 until km 215, where you’ll see the paved road that leads to the towns of Morocoy and San Pedro Peralta. Beyond Morocoy, on La Pista, take the road east for just over 4 miles until you reach the archeological site.


Kinichná, Q.R., México

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