Oxtankah an ancient site near Chetumal and a village by the sea.
I took several hours off picture loading to drive up to this site of Oxtankah and see the place before the Internet opened. I still have three hundred more pictures to go before I feel I can leave Chetumal and head back to Bacular tomorrow eve and then on to Tulum the next day. It won't be until I get to Valladolid before my next chance. I am fine, and making it ok in the big city of Chetumal.
The drive up the edge of the bay was nice even though the landscape seemed dry and the trees sparse. On the way through the northern part of the city of Chetumal I found of all things, an Office Depot. What a surprise. This side of the city had many department stores, parks, industrial buildings and government buildings. I found the road to Oxtankah without much trouble and was there within the hour. The site was located under many wonderful trees that shaded the whole place. It hadbeen worked on recently and there were a number of sections that had plazas with buildings flanking all four sides. There was a building being worked on by a team of archaeological workers. They were restoring some glyphs under a protective roof. The woman was injecting moisture into the stucco to make it wet. I didn't see what else she did as it was taking so long I didn't want to stand over her shoulder. I walked from plaza to plaza under the tall skinny trees whose leaves were making wonderful dappled patterns on the ground. The last part I came to I found a Spanish Chapel built there like the site of Dzibilchactun near Merida. It sure saddened me to think the Spanish destroyed much of the ancient sites to build chapels in order to convert the people into the Catholic Church. What historical losses of the ancient sites that has caused throughout Mexico is a real shame.
I stopped in the village on the bay and took some pictures then headed back to Chetumal to continue my marathon picture upload. More later, Gay