I heard the call of my driver, and saw him tramping toward Temple 8. Probably he had already cased the entire site at Muyil! I was to follow a different route southeast to view the Castillo (Structure 8I-13). This time, the going was a bit more difficult, but nothing a tough old guy like me could not handle. :-) After some 90 metres, through the foliage, I detected the vague outlines of a tall structure (17 metres or 50 feet). This is the northeast corner, just about the point where sacbé 1 heads off to the lagoon. The pyramid was built in two stages (west facing); the first consisted of three levels and a temple with staircase leading up. There is an opening here in a room on the fourth level that looks out to the lagoon and the east. The Maya regarded the east (not the north) as the most important direction as this is where they could see the sun rise in the morning, after it spent the night in the underworld. Appropriately, there is a frieze of two stucco herons above the opening, and beneath the thatch, and no you can't go there.
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PoorColdBoy (716) 2013-09-18 5:15
I've been in many parts of Mexico, and have visited numerous pre-Hispanic sites, but Muyil is new to me. this structure is magnificent. You have depicted the setting, size and prominence very well with the upward angle of the photo. I'd like to visit this locale on my next visit to Quintana Roo. Thanks for rsharing with us.
sandpiper (6560) 2013-09-18 5:31
great shot, I do love these Mayan ruins, so fascinating. Great composition and beautiful stonework