About an hours drive from Campeche, the ancient Mayan site of Edzna suddenly appears in the jungle. Occupied from about 600 BC to 1500 AD it went through many reconstructions and additions over the centuries. Evidence shows that about 70,000 people lived here during the period of 600 to 900 AD. Early on in its history the marshy valley where Edzna was situated was transformed by a drainage system of canals, reservoirs and aqueducts into terraced agricultural land to support the population. Handily located on major trade routes between the coast and the Mayan highlands, Edzna ruled the region in its early days.
Most of the current site dates from about 700 to 900 AD.
The only people at the site were ourselves and a group of grade 4 students scampering up and down the ruins leaving us to plod up them one giant step at a time.
The kids pretending to be sacrifices on the old sacrificial altar
Helen conducts an English lesson.
OH NO! We have realized that we now have to go down all the steps.
On the return trip we stop at HACIENDA UAYAMON. It is far in the bush and was founded as a cattle ranch in the 16th century, its lands were raided by pirates in the 17th century and it reached its height in the 19th century when its production of sugar, sisal, and logging made it one of the largest and wealthiest haciendas in the country. It is now a hotel and judging by its prices it is still one of the wealthiest.
Tomorrow we go to Celestun to see the Flamingos
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