Dzibanche is possibly the biggest and most important settlement of southern Quintana Roo occupies an area of just over 40 km2 which has huge number of monumental architectural and construction quality architectural complexes, It is 185 km from Mahahual and accessed via Federal Highway 186 towards Escarcega
The site's original name is unknown, and the Dzibanche is the name Thomas Gann gave the site during his visit in 1927, the name in Maya means "writing on wood" and was given by the finding of wooden lintels with calendrical inscriptions found in the building known as Temple VI.
Probably the establishment goes back to 200 BC C period in which they would build a variety of platforms and buildings of perishable materials. It is from this date Dzibanche becomes a big city and started with the development of huge construction projects which can now be seen and that led to its urban and social deployment.
Dzibanche is a complex composed of four major architectural groups worked simultaneously and certainly may have had different functions. Dzibanche group is the most widely explored and in this complex are examples of monumental architecture of the Early Classic as the Temple of the Lintels, Xiblaba Square, the Temple Owl, The Temple of the Cormorants, the Temple of the captives.
Kinichna all seems to have been an important burial complex with tombs of divine rulers. Along the access road can be seen the progress in the part of the joint exploration and Tutila Lamay. The Dzibanché group tour starts with the Temple of the Lintels; this is a relatively isolated building, in its first phase constructive design shows a base with sloping walls and checkerboard. In the upper part shows a well-preserved temple that corresponds to the second building phase, which highlights a wooden lintel with the date 554 ad.
Continuing the tour, you come to the Plaza Gann, here stands the Temple of the Cormorants, a temple of exceptional height and narrowness, supplemented by small lofts at their ends; It is interesting to note that within the basement was found system of three vaulted chambers, one of which guarded the remains of a person of high status, accompanied by an offering that included several pieces of pottery, including the polychrome vase that gives name to the building, and a jade mask and various ornaments of the same material; here you can also see the Temple of Captives, basement with several building stages that contained various blocks engraved with representations of captives accompanied by glyphic texts that reference the names of the characters, as well as a military conflict would have Dzibanche apparently with Calakmul.
Toward the northeast corner of the Plaza Gann, is the Plaza Xibalba, which functioned as the main city center. The main structure of the square is the Temple Owl, which is a building with at least three construction phases, the most notable shows the typical characteristics apron moldings Early Classic. In the upper portion of the basement is a temple and one equipped with a cracked sidewalk. During the exploration of this building, they found an internal staircase leading to a chamber containing the remains of a woman of high status, accompanied by an offering with various objects, among which a piece of pottery with the representation of an owl (which names the building), a piece of alabaster with a picture of a monkey and a unique shell showing a figure seated on a throne, adorned with inlaid jade, ruff, pyrite and shell.
Two palaces, called north and south, each of which has nine openings or accesses, complement Xibalba Plaza possibly alluding to the nine levels of the underworld.