On the Road again …

A new EB Cycle of 13 days starts on Saturday 13 October 2012 at sunset in the Tzolkin sacred Mayan Calendar. EB is the road or ‘be’ in Yucatec Mayan. It may lead us to the many power places of this beautiful planet. Indeed in Mayaland the ‘sacbé’ is the ‘white road’ connecting all the sacred sites together and leading to the temples where precious telluric forces and the spirit of the ancestors still flow. So let’s review a few Maya sites of Yucatan.

Mayaland brims with ancient sites. If you find a hill in the landscape, the chances are that there is an unexcavated Mayan pyramid underneath! On a practical note, there is no need to hire a car in Mayaland as public transport in buses is very fluid and practical.

You can start with the large sacred site of Chicchan Itza. It is the most visited site because of its proximity to the airport and the usual destination of many tourists via Cancun. Chicchan Itza is an impressive Toltec-Mayan site featuring colossal snake columns on the Kukulkan pyramid (also called El Castillo in Spanish). There the sun displays a famous moving serpentine light on the afternoon of the Equinoxes.

Equinox at the Kukulkan Pyramid, Chichen Itza

Equinox at the Kukulkan Pyramid, Chichen Itza

Travelling West towards the town of Merida you can visit Uxmal which is renowned for its distinctive, ornate ‘puuc’ style architecture.

Uxmal Puuc style

Uxmal Puuc style

The road South leads you to the gorgeous jungles and waterfalls of Chiapas. There in the site of Palenque were found the best Mayan carved calligraphy texts and the tomb of the important ruler Lord Pacal.
The discovery of its superb sarcophagus in the late fifties revived the interest in the Mayan civilisation and has inspired the ‘modern’ Mayan Calendar movement.

Palenque, Chiapas

Palenque, Chiapas

Going East will take you to the major Guatemalan site of Tikal where the highest Mayan pyramid in the central area still presides over many Mayan sacred ceremonies.

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala

You then have the choice to go South-East into Honduras to visit Copan or go back North of the Yucatan peninsula along the Carribean Coast.
If you are flying back from Cancun you will eventually end up in the nearby site of Tulum which has a fortress feel towering over the cliffs of its wind swept shores.

Tulum by the Carribean sea - photo bjornfree

Tulum

And that’s only one route!
There are many more and other sites to discover along the way.
Whatever road you take, I am sure you will have an amazing insightful journey in Mayaland …

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