Homerigero and Xpujil. Dec7
I started my rounds by visiting the closest sites first. Homerigero is a very ancient site and the stones there reflect that fact in that they are very dark gray looking. The Earth Monster doors were fabulous and had lots of detail to them. I wandered around the site for a long time before I went to see the Xpujil site that is located on the edge of the village. That one was different as it had a temple with three towers to the building. There were staircases leading up to where a platform would have been on top of the first story roof. I could see out of the doorway to the middle section and across to the third tower. Below were rooms, which were now roofless. I tried to imagine being a priest during the time Xpujil was at its zenith and stepping out on to the platform to perform some ceremony above the crowd of inhabitants below. I could see bon fires burning and hear the beat of the drums. The sun was starting to go down, so I made my way back to the entrance with a small detour to a small Mayan building I saw on the side. It was a caretakers' hut, which had a step fret design worked into the stucco covering the base of the building. Next to it was the caretakers quarters and he had a fire going on the Mayan grill for his dinner.
This site also had a miniature sacbe (road), or in this case, a paved trail leading from the entrance to the first of the buildings in the site. The next one I was to encounter was at Calakmul. It was ancient engineering brought into modern times. Super, gotta love it.
I find it amazing that out in the wilds of the jungle even a small village has an Internet. This one has two. They weren't very fast but were helpful. Both were located in small buildings about 10 by 12 and had 6 or so computers. Another helpful hint the town is spelled Xpujil and pronounced 'Spool-heel'. That is for those of us that can't get our tongues rapped around the x and z sounds.
Diane helped me with the locations of the sites and drew maps in my little notebook I carry around with me. She gave me directions and approx miles or (k) they were to their place. She also told me that site of Rio Bec was not open to the public as the villagers blew up the road. No clue why. After a lovely breakfast with them, she packed me a lunch to take with me for the day.
More later, Gay