|After breakfast we drove off to visit Edzna, another Maya archeological site. Edzna is a Mayan word but there is disagreement as to what it means. Some think it means House of Grimaces; others believe it could be House of Echoes or House of Gestures of that it was named after a group of Indians, the Itzaes. This community is thought to have been founded somewhere between 600 to 300 BC. It had lasted until about 600 to 900 AD and was one of the smaller Maya communities. It was not a very long ride from Campeche to reach this interesting site.
At the entrance we came through a hut with a thatched roof. Then we saw this was somewhat different from Palenque. There were several section that had been protected because of their age. The Mask of the Sunset
is part of what was found in good condition in the oldests part of the site. In the main plaza stairs lead to the Great Acropolis, a raised platform where there were ten buildings. One,The Palace of Five Stories, was really spectacular. It is a 5 storied building of the late classic period. Most everyone climbed up as high as possible... not this traveler. I was happy to get the first plaza level and enjoyed it very much.They had added some 'filler' stone blocks and they made getting up much easier. Wonderful views. Edzna turned out to be a more interesting site --- more so than I had expected as the name was new to many of us.
Back to Campeche. On our way back and before lunch we stopped at Fort San Miguel, a Spanish Colonial Fortress. At one time Campeche was a walled city and parts of the wall remain today. The fort provided a place for artillery coverage and also could be used as a look-out. Today there are great views of the Gulf of Mexico and of the city from the ramparts and there is also a small museum.
From there we were off to a lovely lunch
and a free afternoon. Pennie and I wondered along the gulf and enjoyed views of the water and the shops along the way.
We went with Tranvias(tram) for an evening tour of the city before dinner. Our commentary was provided by a student studying for a Tourism Certificate at the local college. He did do his best for his first effort at an English guided tour. We all helped him with the English along the way. It was a lovely evening and it was nice to see. I loved the narrow streets with wonderful doors and carved metal gates. If we had had one more day that is where we have spent, taking pictures of the variety of metal gates... so many different sizes and different kinds of ornamentation. From there continued around and saw several plazas, markets and the remaining defensive bastions that had been a part of the original wall. We stopped to see the Black Christ
and then to Cathedral. That was our stopping point at the main plaza. Dinner was on the balcony of a second floor restaurant across from the plaza. It was an interesting buffet but the crowd before us had really attached the food. We had some but I wouldn't see a plentiful feast.
After dinner we walked to find one of the shops of the afternoon and did purchase a few souvenirs. A beautiful day... off to bed til tomorrow when we take the train to Merida with a stop at Uxmal.