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The Signs as Natural Attractions in México.

• Aries: Popocatépetl. Is an active volcano, located in the states of Puebla, México, and Morelos.

• Taurus: Cave of the Crystals. Is a cave in Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, México.

• Gemini: Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. Is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán, México.

• Cancer: Arch of Cabo San Lucas. Is a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas.

• Leo: Gran Desierto de Altar. Is one of the major sub-ecoregions of the Sonoran Desert, located in Sonora, México.

• Virgo: Lacandon Jungle. Is an area of rainforest which stretches from Chiapas, México.

• Libra: Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Is a World Heritage Site containing most of the over-wintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. And is located in Michoacán, México.

• Scorpio: Sistema Sac Actun. Is a cenote located in Tulum, Quintana Roo, México.

• Sagittarius: Tequila Volcano. Is a volcano located near Tequila, Jalisco, in México. This volcano is not dangerous to its nearby communities, which are famous for producing tequila.

• Capricorn: Nevado de Toluca. Is a large stratovolcano in Texcaltitlán, México, México.

• Aquarius: Hierve el Agua. Is a set of natural rock formations in the Mexican state of Oaxaca that resemble cascades of water.

• Pisces: Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. Is off the coast of the island of Cozumel in the state of Quintana Roo, México.

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Mayan History (Part 55): Dzibilchaltun

Dzibilchaltun is in the north of Yucatán, about 22km from the sea.

The site may have been chosen to be as close as possible to the coastal salt-producing region.  The terrain between Dzibilchaltun and the sea is bare rock & mangrove swamps, not really suitable for habitation.  Dzibilchaltun’s soil is fertile & habitable enough.

Also, Cenote Xlakah may have been a factor in the choice of site, as it provides clean drinking water.  It was also used as the centre of a religious cult.

The site was continously occupied for 1000’s of years – apparently as far back as 1000 BC.  However, its size fluctuated during that time, between medium-sized city & small town.

The most famous structure is the Temple of the Seven Dolls, connected to the rest of the site by a sacbe.  It is called that because 7 small effigies were found when the temple was discovered.

Temple of the Seven Dolls.

There is also a ruined church, built by the Spanish in the 1500′s.

The church.