Return time - 1600
Distance traveled - about 60 miles round trip
Weather - it’s gotten hot, 100 degrees with low humidity
We carpooled today to the Mayan city of Edzna. This area reached it’s height in the pre-classic period - around 250 BC to about 150 AD. The Maya created an elaborate system of canals, aqueducts and reservoirs which they used to create highly productive, terraced land. The buildings are arranged in such a way as to provide exceptional acoustics. They also have windows and doorways that are highlighted during the solstices and equinoxes. All very advanced for such an ancient culture.
Edzna was the dominant power in the region however, after 150 AD, possibly because of war, the city declined. Building started again around 600 AD and most of what is now visible dates to 700-900 AD. At it’s height the Mayan culture spread from the Yucatan to Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. The major communities within this area were joined by a series of roadways, which are still visible today.
As with El Tajin, the jungle had reclaimed much of Edzna and it wasn’t rediscovered until the 1960’s. In fact, less then 25% of Edzna has been excavated.
After a guided tour of the ruins we loaded back up in our cars and headed to a local Hacienda. These are the equivalent to plantation homes in the states and the one we visited is now run as a very exclusive resort ( $550 to $650 a nite - that’s US dollars, not pesos ) We were allowed to view it from a distance but could only go in if we wished to visit the restaurant.
From the hacienda we drove through some small Mayan villages and past a couple of abandoned haciendas - all very scenic. Next up, it was time for lunch. We took over a small family run restaurant in the fishing village of Saba playa - unfortunately they ran out of the jumbo camarones (shrimp) we were hoping to have so we had to settle for some of the smaller ones….
I think it is important that I pass on to you that the plan for today was to visit the Edzna ruins. But, because our wagon masters are Butch & Cathy we got to see a lot more of the country side and to have some fascinating experiences that we would have missed otherwise. They’ve spent a lot of time in this area and are familiar and comfortable with the language. They delight in sharing with the rest of us their love of this part of Mexico and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us!