One of my
most favourite ruins to visit is close to Hopelchen located in Campeche, about
a 40 min drive from here.The drive itself is very pleasant, passing through
some really nice country side through Mennonite country(yes we have Mennonites
here too).The fields are ploughed and planted beautifully and does remind one
of areas where I used to live in Canada.
entering Hopelchen you will see a sign pointing to the left saying Santa
Rosa.The road is not paved and can be a little ugly in most places. I went some years ago but the road was so bad I
eventually turned around.Then the last time I went I had heard that they had repaired the road with new Sascab so I
ventured out again.It takes about another 40 mins to reach the ruins but again the
drive through the countryside makes it well worth while.
actually finishes once inside the parking area (so you cannot get lost ).Passing
through the entrance where the fee is nominal I couldn’t help noticing a phone
hanging on the wall. This too seemed strange being so far out that I asked the
caretaker……… does it work? He smiled shyly and said, yes.
other side of the entrance was seen a steep ascend to actually get to the
runs…. Oh well good exercise………… But reaching the top it all seemed to level
out with the most wonderous buildings to be seen.
Xtampak looks more like chenes design than the Puuc region in Yucatan and on
the borders of Campeche.The stones seemed so white and bright and just
seemed to illuminate the jungle.
structure is said to have internal staircase(which is now closed off for
me was the seeming like balconies on each level either side of the man stairs.
I wondered around slowly (there was no one else only my friend
and I at the time).
around the back of one of the temples and came across this curious chimney type
structure with remains of ashes as if ceremonies are still done here.
One of the
buildings had a doorway in tact ………….. entrance to another world!
doors on either side is where people entered to have a cleansing before
entering the main door way to connect with the other worlds
At the back
of this building one can see the remains of what would have been a sweat lodge.
Further north, in Mexico, they are known as Temozcal but I don’t know by what
name they went by in Maya times
can see by the photo it would have had a dome shaped roof and more depth than
you can see here.There would have been seating stones in a semi-circle around
an open firepit.It is quite small so I shouldn’t imagine that no more than two
to three persons could enter at one time.
sure all signs were pointing to a very prominent and powerful place in its
time. It still had that feel to me anyway.
As soon as
they have the road resurfaced again and I hear about it I will definitely
return to savour the peace and quiet and find time to meditate.