Aké is an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 40 km (25 mi) east of Mérida.

The name Ake is a toponym that means “place of reeds” in Yucatec Maya.

One notable feature of the site is its system of pre-Columbian sacbeo’ob or roads that facilitate access with other settlements in the region.
The remains of an ancient Maya raised pedestrian causeway, or sacbe, runs to Aké from Izamal.

The ruins are all within a 19th-century Hacienda henequenera San Lorenzo de Aké.
Surrounded by fruit trees is the main house of San Lorenzo de Ake, that inside you can see three construction periods; beams in the ceilings of wood, iron and masonry.

The site

The architecture dates from the Early Classic era (A.D. 250-550). They were first described in print by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood in the early 1840s.

Aké is bounded by two concentric walls, one defines the core of the settlement with an area of 4 km2, while the other protects the core housing. The core is a large and square in shape surrounded by tall buildings measuring about 25 m2.

Structure One, also called the palace, with rows of stone columns atop a step-pyramid platform; is the site’s most impressive feature.
While most Maya pyramids are built steep with many narrow steps, Structure One is a gradual climb of huge, flat stone slabs. This megalithic architectural style is an Early Classic diagnostic, and may also be seen at the sites of Izamal and Ek Balam.

The chapel

La capilla de Aké se levanta sobre una pirámide maya y en el terreno también se ubican dos cerros más.

En esta capilla se celebra la tradición del Cristo Negro cada Sábado Santo, la cual tiene más de 137 años.

Todos los sábados de gloria de la semana Santa, los católicos hacen la visita a la capilla de aké para llevar en una peregrinación al Santo cristo a Cacalchén.

En este día más de dos mil personas del pueblo de Cacalchén van a buscar al Cristo Negro para honrarlo con oraciones que cumplen una tradición que narra que años atrás se llenó de muerte y enfemedades al puebo de cacalchén y se oró al Cristo negro para liberarlos de estos males. Así es como nace este tradación.

How to get there

The most easy and cheap way to get there by bus or “colectivo” from Mérida.

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