The word Chicanná comes from the Mayan language: Chi, meaning mouth; can, snake and ná, house, "House of the mouth of the serpent" or "entrance to the Snake House" since chi can also be translated as "entrance". Located in the southeastern state of Campeche, in the municipality of Calakmul in the Peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico. Two miles from Becán and also very close to the archaeological site of Xpujil. It is estimated that the site was inhabited from about 600 to 1100 AD. This site is an example of eclecticism in the building style of the monuments. Its buildings have architectural and decorative elements found in Rio Bec, Chenes and in the Puuc region, at the north of the peninsula. No great pyramids are found but the rich ornamentation of the buildings suggests that Chicanná was a center for the use or presence of regional elites.