(pronounced osh tahn kah) is a medium-sized Mayan site, located on the shores
of the Chetumal bay. It once played an important role in Mayan trade due to
its location. It was built during the early classic period. Its buildings
date from 300 A.D. and it appears to have been occupied until the arrival
of the Spaniards in the 1500's. There are remains of a Spanish church at the
site. Some archaeologists believe that this is the oldest church in the area
and that it is related to the Chaktemal Kingdom started by Gonzalo Guerrero
who was one of two Spaniard soldiers surviving after their ship wrecked off
the coastline of the Caribbean. Gonzalo Guerrero married the daughter of the
local Mayan ruler and completely adopted the Maya way of life.
Excavations were carried out under I.N.A.H., restoring the
church in the late '80s and the Classic structures in 1997.
Admission: 22 pesos.
LOcation: Approximately 16 kilometers north of Chetumal. Take the Chetumal-Calderitas highway and continue on the asphalt road that runs along the bay. There are good restaurants on the bay not too far from Oxtankah.