The southwest corner of the Central Plaza is taken up by the Xlacah Cenote, famous with many tourists. At the time of my visit, a quiet Saturday morning, there were no bathers disturbing the tranquility of surface waters. Its upper level provides a home for sailfin mollies, cichlids, and other small fish. It slopes toward the west (the far end to the right in the photograph), reaching a depth of 44 metres. About 700 CE, the area around the cenote became the centre of Dzibilchaltun. Over the next century, it increased in size to almost 8,000 structures covering an area of 19 square kilometres. The population may have tallied 40,000, forming one of the largest communities in the northern lowlands.
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