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The catacombs of Tizimin – a hidden tourist attraction in the Yucatan

Tizimin Catacombs

The catacombs of  Tizimin Yucatan

Every once in a while we come across those wacky and unusual things. It may be a roadside souvenir shop with giant Mayan statues or a newly made pyramid tourist attraction. This time we found the catacombs of Tizimin. You to might pass through Tizimin while on your way to Rio Lagartos of Las Coloradas and not think there is anything here, but now you know there is this quirky place to see.

Catacombs refer to a subterranean place where dead people are buried. While these catacombs don’t have anybody buried in them, they are a fun thing to take a look at.

The catacombs of Tizimin are called in Spanish “Catacumba Tres Reyes“. This off the beaten path tourist attraction is in the backyard of a families house. For three generations the men of the family have been carving out this space.

What is it like in the catacombs?

Once the family lets you in, you will go to the backyard where there are stairs winding down into the catacombs. They will turn on lights for you. You will notice a smell of bats and most likely will see a few flying around. On some walls there are carved figures and one alter with the of the three kings.

It only takes a few minutes to walk around. The catacombs are a circular pattern around the central staircase

Tizimin Catacombs

Some of the rooms and pillars that have been carved out.

 

Tizimin Catacombs

The three kings or “Tres Reyes”.

Tizimin Catacombs

Where are the catacombs in Tizimin?

The catacombs are on Calle 59 between Calle 52 and Calle 54 (note the map says #409, this is only an estimate, be sure to look for the sign). There will be a small one story house with a sign “Catacumba 3 Los Reyes” on it. At the gate just  yell “Hola” or tap on the gate until someone comes to open it. The family lives there and will come to let anyone in that is visiting.

Tizimin Catacombs

The entrance to Catacumba Los Tres Reyes in Tizimin.

Entrance cost

The entrance is 20 pesos per person.

What else to see in the Tizimin?

Well Tizimin is not much of a tourist town. Although it is similar in size to Valladolid, it is more for locals.

There is a nice colonial cathedral in the main plaza and a few older buildings in town but other then that, there is not much to see.

If you want to eat something in town, head to the main plaza. Here there are a few restaurants.

Have you visited the catacombs before? What did you think? Did you find something else in Tizimin of interest? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

Catacombs Tizimin

Don’t worry, you wont get lost in these catacombs. They aren’t that big but sure are interesting.

 

 

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