On to Kohunlich: Dec 11
I made a quick stop at the Xpujil supermarket to get some lunch items and then past the checkpoint with the guards on duty. I had seen them each time I came into Xpujil to use the Internet. They were always walking around on the corner with the one signal light. I couldn't find the gas station. I asked several people for the gasolina and after several gestures with arms, 'That way'. I continued over the hill and sure enough there it was. After that I followed the map Diane had made for me to find a couple of little sites, Coabas, and another place past Chicanna 22 K off the road. I sure was disappointed when there was no gate or markers. Once more, lost to the casual observer. This section of the main highway was under major road construction that lasted for miles and miles.
When I arrived at the Kohunlich turn off I had to make a choice between that site and the other two almost across the road from it, Dzibanche and Kinichna. I chose Kohunlich as I wanted to see the sun masks located at that site. There wasn't enough time to do both in one day.
Kohunlich was almost as varied as Becan in the different layouts and styles of buildings. This one was located clustered in a thick date palm forest. I found it almost as magical as Becan. The palms were delightful to walk underneath. I spent a really long time visiting. I found the residence area on top of the 27 steps hill really interesting and wondered how many animal skins; mats and padding it took to make a stone bench comfortable enough to sleep on.
The last part of my visit I walked beneath a tree covered path to the Temple of the Sun Masks. Wow!! They were beautiful. It was hard to get pictures with the protective roof covering the side of the temple, but I managed to get enough to get the drift. I didn't want to leave but I needed to drive to Chetumal to find a hotel before dark.
I had been told the streets in the town of Chetumal were torn up with pipeline construction. Rick gave me a map of the town and how to get in and miss the area that had the construction. That was the reason I didn't book a hotel in advance. When I arrived in town I tried several places that were full. Finally on a street one block off the main street I found a semi acceptable cheap hotel. The room was clean, but the shower had almost next to nothing in water pressure. I stayed only because I could park my car inside a locked gate parking lot and I found a super speed Internet next door. The personal at the hotel didn't speak English, but the man that ran the Internet spoke passable enough English to carry on a conversation with. Down on corner of the same block was a wonderful restaurant called Sergios. I ate there every day. Breakfast and dinner both were well prepared, the service was very good and the restaurant had a lovely décor. So, all in all I made a good choice. More later, Gay