Central America - SouthoftheBorder travel blog

Tim In His Typical Repose w/ iPod & Ear Pluggins!

Entry Sign...Photos to Follow ... Hopefully

One of Many Original Paths/Roads Thruout Site (circa 400ad+/- 100 yrs)

Turkey-Like Bird - Providing Feathers For Ancient Mayans?!

This Birds' A Bit More Tame

Same Bird Taking His Time

Ancient Pathways Remains Still Exist 100s of Years After Laid Down

Map Location - Very Optimal Position in Yucatan

One of Birds We Saw...Too Fast For Pic Tho

Stella Frequently Have Lg Round Stones in Front - Offering Platforms?! Often...

Stella w/ Round Stone in Front

Sign Tells of Stellas...Some From Before 435ad Others as Recent as 909ad

Ancient Pathways Remains Still Exist 100s of Years After Laid Down

Sign Says There Are Little Lions, Tigers, Ocelots, Pumas, and Jaguars Here...Hmm,...

Murals - Which Were Here But Off Limits...Booo!

Just Rt of Center, White Head of Mink-like Critter

Tubular Water Tile Found Thuout Mayan Area - Used to 'Pipe' Water...

Thick Walls in Residential Area - Calakmul

Self Explanatory - Now Just a Ring of Rocks Where This Photo...

Ball Court in Calakmul - Open Type ie Older

As Described...Building w/ Materials From Previous Structures is Always Very Common -...

One of Many Temples - Stella in Front Shows/Tells of Woman Probably...

Over 120 Stella Found Thruout This Site to Date

Hello Deer!

Deer at Site in Calakmul

Making the Case For Tribal Conflicts Thuout Region - One City State...

Sign on Site Alludes to Importance of Calakmul

Looking Down From Highest Temple Calakmul

Another View - Other Ruins in Becan

View From Highest Temple in Becan Site

View From Top of Highest Temple

View From Highest Temple in Becan Site

Looking Down From Highest Temple

Frieze in Becan Site - Major God of Maya - Earth Monster...

Becan Site - Location of Earth Monster Frieze - Behind Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Having set up the trip the night before w/ Jose Louis...timing was perfect, we arr in front of Hotel Mirador Maya right at 6 when he drove up! We got to Calakmul by 8, 120 km away - 60 highway, 60 single lane in park reserve/rainforest. JL says that they will soon have a 'train' (actually, a motor driven vehicle w/ train-like cars...Disney fashion) which will limit traffic by carting the tourists most of the 60 km. We were the only ones there the entire 3 hours it took us to see the entire site(see pics)! Fantastic! On to Balam, Chicanna, and Becan - each w/ it's own special differences, all very impressive being w/o tourists and no restrictions to walking/climbing the ruins and getting up close & personal. Also, the sky was overcast so it was perfect weather - cool but not cold. JL (driver) was patient w/ us and told us about animals (cave w/ 1000s of bats, different birds in park, even a puma story). We gave him a 100p tip, he seemed appreciative (total for day = 1200p plus 360p entry fees, $130 US...really not bad considering the distances and time, 6am til 6pm).

Jose Louis story: He has 3 brothers and 2 sisters, youngest is 21, mother still alive, dad died 12 years ago. JL is 41 and eldest...owns (is paying for) his own taxi. All 4 brothers have been to US illegally working at various times - restaurants, factories in Alabama. All are now back in MX working on their small, 20 cattle farm where they plant corn, etc. He said tourism is way down for past 6 months - he was lucky, he had another tourist hire him just 2 weeks ago for day trip but meanwhile works as taxi/combi between here and Chetumal or Campeche. He is married and has 4 kids, 3 boys and a girl. Obviously, a hard worker ad seems quite serious. Loves soccer and his team is the Chivos, says they are the best in MX out of Guadalajara.

While in Calakmul saw deer, wild turkey-like bird and a mink-type critter plus lots of squacking parrots.

Calakmul

Balamku

Chicanna

Becan Ruins

http://www.delange.org/Becan/Becan.htm

http://www.locogringo.com/campeche/becan.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ek'_Balam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicann%C3%A1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xpujil

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