I based my travels in Merida. On the first day of visits, I toured the Puuc sites of Oxkintok and Uxmal. This done, for the second day, I planned to cover Labná, Xlapak, Sayil and Kabáh - at minimum. I would like to start with a quote from "The Rough Guide" relating to La Ruta Puuc.
"Two things seem particularly striking when visiting the Puuc sites today. First, though each has its unique features, the overall impression is of a consistent style: the geometric patterns of Xlapak are echoed at Labná; the masks with the upward curling noses that abound at Kabáh are also seen at Uxmal and all of the other sites. The other striking factor is the extraordinary change in population. Today, along the entire route from Uxmal to Labná you'll see just one small town, Santa Elena. Twelve hundred years ago, several hundred thousand people lived here."
I asked my driver, Valentin, to tackle the greatest distance first, namely Labná. This site, just to the south of La Sierrita Ticul, lies 43 kilometres to the southeast of Uxmal by road. On entry, I confess to a certain delight - namely with the silence, and then the cathedral-like effect of the Ceiba trees.
For the ancient Maya, the Ceiba represented the universe. The high reaching branches supported the heavens; the trunk was the location for man's life on earth; the roots penetrated to the underworld also known as Xibalba.
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