Calakmul the towering Giant City in the Rainforest: Dec 9
In the morning I was going to go to Calakmul. I found the Austrian couple Oliver and Jasmine had arrived at Rio Bec Dreams the night before. I offered to take them, as there were no busses that went there. We started early, being the drive there was 60 K to the turn off. We shared the fee to get in, 10.00, which was a road toll fee from the highway to the site about 40 K and then another 20 K beyond that over rough potholes. The site was set deep in the rain forest and when we arrived we were not disappointed. In fact, I was so overwhelmed by the amount of the temples and buildings, that I became lost several times. After a while the temples began to look the same just by their shear size. There were so many huge, huge buildings, more than any other site so far. A lot of work has been done to restore the site to where it is today. We wandered from plaza to plaza thankful for the signs that were posted by each temple. There were Stelae stones in front of a lot of the buildings, but only a few of them had glyphs that were readable. We reached a grove of trees at the top of a small hill. There were several howler monkeys in the trees. They didn't make any noise, but we could see them jump from branch to branch. The pictures are going to have to do the rest of the talking, as they are more impressive that I can be or do writing. There were workmen going into the temple with the faces, working down inside a doorway. They wouldn't let us in to look. They kept carrying buckets of water (?) into the doorway and coming out for more. We also found a group of workmen building a path or small sacbe road between two plazas. That was the most fascinating thing to watch. The most effective way it has been done for thousands of years. If it isn't broke, why fix it?
More later, Gay