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Sak tz’i archeological mayan site | Chiapas Mx

Sak Tz’i, archaeological site Plan de Ayutla. It is possible that this Mayan city is the legendary Sak Tz’i or Ak’e, diverse archaeological findings indicate many characteristics that suggest it.

During epigraphic studies, the name “SakTz’i” and “Ak’e” were identified as legendary cities in the inscriptions found from different archaeological sites.

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How to get

How to get to Sak tsi by public transport:

Palenque city – Sak Ts’i ‘ruins
From the gazebo in Palenque called “Mayan head” take a transport to the cruise “shupà” and there take another transport to the cruise “Nueva Palestina” (On the same road that leads to Yaxchilan and Bonampak)

From the “New Palestine” cruise, hire a taxi (parked on the riverbank) to the Sak Ts’i ‘ruins.

Transportation prices:
$ 10.00 Palenque city – “shupà” cruise (minivan)
$ 55.00 Cruise “shupà” – cruise “new palestine” (minivan)
$ 80.00 cruise “new palestine” – ecotourism center chen ulich swallows (taxi)
$ 250.00 ecotourism center – Sak Ts’i ruins (round trip by taxi with 2-3h visit)

The most advisable thing is to get to the ecotourism center “Las Golondrinas” to prepare to spend the night there and visit the ruins.

120 km Palenque city – “new palestine” cruise.
9.7 km Crucero “nuevo palestina” – Ecotourism center.
8 km Ecotourism center – Sak Tz’i ruins

About of

Destination | attraction
Ruins of the Mayan city Sak Tz’i


Meaning of the name
Based on the story of a local guide, Sak Tzí means “white dog” in the Tzeltal language, named after a great lord who ruled this important city.


It is a Mayan city in the jungle zone of Chiapas


During epigraphic studies, the name “SakTz’i” and “Ak’e” were identified as legendary cities in other inscriptions found elsewhere.

Therefore, a hypothesis proposes that this Mayan city is “Sak Tz’i” the legendary city described in several monuments with inscriptions, among these is the “Dintel 2” in the city Yaxchilán, where it is related how they defeated the legendary city ( SakTz’i) with the alliance of the city Bonampak

The hypothesis was formed when investigating this city, and the military conflict with other Mayan capitals (Tonina, Piedras Negras and Yaxchilan) between 600 and 800 AD.

This city is an important part of the Mayan political character of this region where the city of Bonampak and Lacanhá is located, since it seems to have had a great influence on the formation of these cities.

Archaeologists suspect that this city was greater than Bonampak but smaller than Yaxchilán in size, and it is thought that its area of ​​influence was surrounded by the other Mayan cities: Bonampak, Yaxchilán, Piedras Negras, Palenque and Toniná. Well it is among all these suggesting that it is the legendary city.

In Plan de Ayutla, architectural elements very similar to those of Toniná are distributed, such as the aforementioned ball game, the decorations in frets of Structure 13 (the most impressive of the site) and the frequent use of column-type altars, to mention a few. what leads to postulate it as the remote ‘Ak’e’, which in Mayan means “Turtle”.

According to archaeological evidence this area of ​​the city was occupied since 150a.C. and it was integrated as a city at the beginning of our era, some found materials that were dated suggest that the site was occupied until the year 1,000d.C. although the Mayan cities of this area of ​​the Usumacinta were abandoned between the year 800 and 850d.C.

Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.