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Dos Pilas

While Dos Piles is only 16km from Sayaxché, it isn’t the easiest of Petén’s Mayan sites to get to. Unfortunately, the ruins aren’t as intact or as impressive as others but their history is a lot more dramatic than some. The intricate carvings are certainly worth a look as are the nearby caves and the partially excavated hieroglyphic staircase that leads to the ruins of the royal palace in the main plaza. Thanks to several aggressive rulers Dos Pilas clashed with neighboring settlements frequently. By 760 AD, the majority of its inhabitants had fled to nearby Aguateca and those who chose to remain were forced to evacuate when it was overrun during the 9th century. An extensive conservation project has been undertaken and some of the stelae have been replaced with replicas to prevent theft or vandalism. It is recommended that you take a guided tour to Dos Pilas from Sayaxché. Getting there is less than straightforward and the guides have extensive knowledge of the site’s history making a visit there all the more interesting.

Other neighborhoods in Sayaxché: Laguna Petexbatún , Aguateca, Ceibal and Punta De Chimones .

11 Aug 2010

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