The next day Diane from the lodge drove us into the little town of Xpujil. There are ruins of some mostly domestic Maya buildings opposite the school and we started out there. We then walked up to the main site at Xpujil which we had almost to ourselves. We spent some time exploring the ruins and watching the wildlife. The area is a bit low on wildlife as, however, we did see the very impressive bat falcon at the main site at Xpujil which was probably why the plaza was devoid of other birds, and we had frequent sightings of small green parrots flitting in and out of the bushes beside the road.
We then walked back to the town and caught a taxi to Becan. That saved us about 10 km walk. Becan is a wonderful site with many structures and a moat. It was certainly Hilary’s favourite site to date (and one of the best overall). Again, we had it almost to ourselves – there were two other people there and they were not obtrusive.
We walked along to Chicanná which is on the way back to the lodge. Another wonderful site including some monstrous doorways where you step into the maw of the house of the serpent mouth. Regrettably we didn’t get a really good picture showing the teeth!
That was a very full day with lots of walking between and within the sites. We got back to Rio Bec Dreams very ready for a shower, a sit by the bamboo to watch the jays and a few cold beers.
Next day we made our way to Palenque – a big favourite of ours…