This Mayan site from the Classical period is located 10km from Comitán. It was built on a hill which was modified to create a series of terraces on which sit the buildings, plazas and ball court. The limestone used in the construction were remarkably cut and perfectly assembled without mortar or lime. From Tenam Puente, you get an exceptional panoramic view of the plains of Comitán.
The landscape is enhanced by the presence of trees draped with epiphytic plants whose growth is favored owing to the moisture that the hills capture from the winds.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History is to be credited for the rescue work done on this archeological zone. The word “tenam” originates from Náhuatl which means “fortification” while the word “puente” was repurposed from the same site where an estate existed at the beginning of the century, now common land for farming where Tenam Puente stands.
It was occupied mainly through the Classical and Early Post-Classical periods, in which many major Mayan sites in the central zone, known today as Petén in Guatemala, were abandoned
Tenam Puente was mentioned for the first time in the book ‘Tribes and Temples’, edited by Frans Blom and Oliver La Farge in 1928.
Tenam Puente is reached only by road through the major highway from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of Chiapas towards Comitán de Domínguez. Ten kilometers south of Comitán, exit the highway onto an unpaved road which leads to the archeological zone.
Opening times and recommendations
Depending on your interests, you can take advantage of the other wonderful points of interests in this part of the state. Trips you can make together with your visit to Tenam Puente include Montebello Lakes, Cristóbal Colón Lakes or the Chinkultic Archaeological Zone.
Wear comfortable clothes and non-slip shoes as some parts of the trip may include walking on irregular surfaces. Don’t forget your camera, as the view from the top is splendid.