Two months in Mexico travel blog

Kabah site on the Puuc Route. Puuc is the style of architecture

first temple across plaza from entrance. Note dovecote roof comb

remains of rooms on the lower level of the plaza. Stairs go...

on upper level. building shows the shape of the corbaled ceiling rooms.

passageway under the stair case that goes to the top platform of...

standing on top platform looking at the residences on the lower level...

look real close and you can see the iguana on the edge...

last king of the hill. Georgous color white with some irridecent blue...

He wasn't really in the mood for portraits, and wouldn't sit still...

making his exit stage left and whoosh he was gone.

back of temple with the chac faces on the other side.

close up shows section of statues above roof line and remains of...

walking over the wall edge of the residences on the second level...

looking at the orginial stone work of the temple platform and the...

an overview of the platform and temple which is the back side...

closeup of statue on side of temple. He is one of two.

both statues, the other one has suffered some. Has undulating serpent design...

guide explaining to tour group (in German) the frescos on the door...

frescoes on the other side of door jam.

looking up at the statues above door way to small temple room

step designs on side of temple. hole above is exposed room

whole side of temple. The sideways stones once held a chac face...

varient of for direction design with cosmic center of universe. Serpent design...

more pieces parts waiting to be replaced on temple

looking up at dovecote roof comb on the front side of temple,...

around the front of the temple and wa--la chac masks with and...

gotta love it, more chac face masks than you can shake a...

on the front of temple and on the roof line, lined up...

inside doorway this giant chac face served as a step up to...

clever these maya, right below the door is another step up nose...

looking down toward the end of the building.

end of building looking back. It is missing the end of it...

all the broken noses laying in a pile on top of the...

above the side are rooms partially exposed. corner of roof comb shows...

another shot of the face of the chac face facade. real steps...

view of inner room with chac face step to chamber beyond that....

sign for the altar sitting in the plaza in front of the...

glyphs carved in the stone alone the side of the altar

rows of chac faces lined up in the plaza ready to be...

ear flares, eyes and other pieces parts have to be carefully matches...

you can really pick your nose here.

this arch is the ancient entrance to Kabah that connects to Sayil...

Ok, not sayil, but Uxmal. These elavated roads ran everywhere connecting city...

well said, it is truly beautiful and huge

too big to fit in one shot

the roads were elevated anywhere from two to four feet off the...

behind the arch was a small area in reconstruction. The blocks were...

the large stone lintels were placed then the rest of the stones...

rest of building line the reconstruction will connect to

some newly finished walls. Setting the ceiling line with other blocks

this sign starts the site of Sayil, about 10 miles from Kabah...

entrance building to Sayil had a few pieces taken from the Chac...

map of Sayil site. Most of buildings noted are either buried or...

Sayil palace sign

shows room arrangement inside

Sayil palace is a huge long building with three stories. Most of...

staircase to second level not reconstructed, the same for the upper palace...

detail of chac face on upper level facade.

corners also have chac faces

path covered with leaves, no clue what I was going for

missing outer facade. remember this pic when you see Xlapak bldg complete

sign for building

glyphs found on doorway

building the sign was talking about. Some of these they never restored

building with remains of vaulted room. note the way they built the...

This is one of many Ceiba trees you will see. They grow...

another building in Sayil partly together, the rest is strung around the...

building with columns along side and top of roof line

dark, but you can see the exposed rooms and the rubble in...

another shot of the columned rooms

you can see the light color of the reconstruction grout between the...

sign for the next building

these signs are great. Gives you a head up on what to...

the dove cote roof line and one room showing is all that...

back side of building has more rooms that show. Roof comb held...

hole with props to keep it collapsing. Shows how close to the...

down the path a bit further, this stella is of a figure...

the sign said don't fondle the goods

This is Xlapak. All the buildings in this area should look like...

This corner of the Xlapak building is super. Had one more chac...

one side had exposed rooms

middle door way with the full face chacs.

2 and half chacs on corner. note noses go up here

good face, except for the upper face nose and a few teeth,...

between the middle face and the corner is the cosmic ' G...

cistern drain that catches rain water. With that we leave Xlapak to...

well, maybe this one is the parting shot of Xlapak

another building in Xlapak with lots of dislocated stones and part of...

some attempt at scaffoling. corner pieces laying all over the ground

serpent design and columns on top of the corner, rest is rubble

natural water catcher formations in ground rock along trail


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



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