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Coordinates: 20°30′N 87°14′W / 20.50°N 87.23°W / 20.50; -87.23


Temple of Chakalal
Temple of Chakalal

Chakalal is a small Mayan culture ruin site on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo state, Mexico. [1]


The old fishing village (caleta) Chakalal is located in a small bay of the Caribbean Sea in front of the island of Cozumel, about 25 kilometers (distance by car) to the south of Playa del Carmen or about 10 kilometers north of the Mayan ruins of Xel Há. CF307 passes Chakalal at about 500 meters. The well-known Mayan site of Tulum is located about 50 kilometers to the southwest.

Ruin Site[edit]

This small ruin actually consists of only one ground level: i. h not raised by a pyramidal base - early Puuc style building that could have been both temple and 'palace' architecturally. The lower part of the building is covered with layers of Lime Plaster both inside and out, it is completely undecorated. The upper part protrudes slightly outwards and is delimited by two horizontal cornices. The building has a single room almost without windows covered with a cantilevered vault, which -as in almost all the buildings of the Mesoamerican- cultures is illuminated and ventilated exclusively by through the door. Few traces of colored paintings remain inside the building, which would be quite unusual for a palatial building, but cannot be ruled out entirely (cf. Chacmultún).


The construction is almost at ground level and the exterior design of the building is completely unadorned. It is of an early date (around 500 n. B.C.), probably making it one of the oldest surviving Puuc-style buildings. The paintings inside the building may have been added later.

See also[edit]


  1. Nava, Pedro; Šprajc, Ivan; Hobel, Martin (1 May 2016). "Aspectos astronómicos de la arquitectura maya en la costa nororiental de la península de Yucatán" (in spanish). Založba ZRC. ISBN 978-961-254-896-4.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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