This entry is for Kabah, Sayil and Xlapak,which are located on the Puuc Route road.
Kabah is the site with all the chac faces all over the front of the temple. Great. They have so many that still have to be restored that the pieces are lined up in the plaza ready to be added to the wall. It must take a long time to match the pieces. The whole top of the platform had noses laying everywhere. A lot of the faces on the wall have lost their noses. A lot of damage to the sites in the Yucatan suffered was from the hurricane that ravished the whole area in 2002. I keep finding out at each site what damage was dealt to each one. The site of Kabah was very clean and restored with enough mending to hold it together in order to get an idea of what it looked like.
Chac, the latest site they are working on we tried to find down a tire treaded path. We walked around the gate and walked several miles. The site isn't opened yet and we were trying to beat the crowd. The only thing we managed to get was heat-stoke and find beehives at the end of the trail. We were only one gate away from it we learned later, but too late now, I'm not going back again. I didn't take any pictures of the bushes either even though the walk wasn't too bad under the trees. We continued down the road just a couple of miles to the next place.
Sayil had a wonderful big palace that was a long massive three-story building, on top of a platform and many out buildings. I liked the columns the buildings were faced with and really enjoyed the Stelae at the end of the trail. Chac may bring rain but a good phallic effigy brings life. Laughed all the way back to car. Reminded me of some dirty postcards I've seen before. In the entrance gate building we found some carved stones displayed from the site of Chac. At least we were able to see something.
Xlapak was a small site but had a complete building that included the roof and decorations of the chac masks on the corners and along the rooftop. Great to see a complete one as it gave me an idea of how the rest of them should look. The site only had a couple of other buildings, but the visit was very valuable to be able to put a visual image of the completed building in my minds eye in order to picture what the buildings in other sites would have looked like.
When we came from Santa Elena down the road to the sites there was a border check point right at the road that turned off to go on the Puuc Route. Manny and I went through this check station at least twice a day for the week we explored the sites in the area. Continuing down the road was the Arch gate that separates the state of Yucatan from Campeche state. Manny was pretty friendly to the guards and they began to recognize us when we came through.
Getting a little ahead of the story, on my last day when I left Tikul to go to Edzna, Manny helped me get some lunch items. We passed a BBQ chicken place on a side street in Tikul that was grilling chickens on a spit. They smelled wonderful so I bought one and split it with Manny. As I was getting back into the VW to leave I decided to get one for the guards at the checkpoint. So with an extra chicken in a bag with rice and hot sauce, I headed for the checkpoint. I stopped and the guard stuck his head in the window and asked where I was going, in Spanish, of course. I told him Campeche. He said ok and waved me on. I picked up the bag and stuck it out the window to him and told him that was comida (lunch) for him and his amigo. He took the bag, kind of surprised to get something from an American and as I pulled back out onto the highway, I looked out of my rear view mirror. I could see both guards standing feet together looking into the bag to see what it was. I chuckled all the way down the road. Bet it was the first time they were served lunch like that. More later, Gay