Becan, the walled city next to Rio Bec Dreams: Dec 10
This place was a delight from the first walk through the walled passageway to the last of the temples. Oliver and Jasmine went with me. We delighted in each of the buildings. Becan also has an Earth Monster temple. This one we could climb and get a close look at the face carvings on the doorway. Down the backside of the temple were many rooms and an interior courtyard. The ball court was located beyond that. When we climbed down and walked around the side we found a windowed area with frescos framed behind it. It was one of the sun masks similar to ones I was to find at Kohunlich the next day. The workmanship was wonderful. We walked around to the other side of the plaza area where more of the temples were located and found a way to climb up some steps to the very top room. The room was roofed at one time, but today the openness to it just begged for me to throw out my jaguar skin rug and sit and talk to the gods awhile. The middle had a big room with a room on each side with benches carved with tooth designs on their bases. This city was magical and worth every minute I spent there. On the way out of the site we could see the village located close to the site proved that this city is still being occupied to this day. The property that Rick and Diane own backs up to the site and they have found mounds of buildings located there. It will take time to find out what they are.
My stay with Diane and Rick was delightful, but I felt the need to go on to Chetumal the next day by way of the site of Kohunlich. It was another 60 K down the road and the city of Chetumal was not far from there. It only made sense to continue and not drive back again to Rio Bec Dreams. I bid everyone a fond farewell the next morning and started on the 60 K drive toward the sea and my next stop. More later, Gay