Monday, April 04, 2011

Xel-Ha (Archaeological Site)

If you google Xel-Ha you will probably find several hundred results for the extremely over pirced "eco park" Disney land experience that is located just south of Playa del Carmen. There is however just a few kilometres south of the park and on the other side of the highway a post-classic Maya ruin which goes by the same name. The city of Xel-ha located along the coastline of the modern Mexican state of Quintana Roo flourished in the post-classic and was known for amongst other things as an exporter of quality coloured dies and very fine crushed shells which where used in the fabrication of some tipes of stucco. It is then not surprising that in Xel-ha we find several structures with stucco remains and examples (although fairly eroded) of mural art. The structures in the site are of mostly moderate to small sizes which is of-course consistent with Mayan Costal Architecture... however the site has much to offer. It is possible to follow a Sac-be (mayan road) to the cities Cenote which is teaming with iguanas and birds (such as Cheles & Trogons) just gorgeous! I hope you enjoy the photos!

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