You need to spend a whole day...
You need to spend a whole day at Uxmal. The parts that you see in the pictures are only about 1/4 of what the actually city covered. You can walk for miles back and see all the different buildings covered with overgrowth. Until the Mexican government has more money to excavate, it will be a long time until the full city can be unearthed.
People in Campeche must be among the most active in all Mexico - in other place did I see as many people jogging along the seashore.
Campeche is located right at the Gulf of Mexico, with a nice wide footpath beside the main road.
Great place for running. Of course I would have gone for a little run, but I did not know about that opportunity, and all my stuff was at Campeche bus station ;-)
The Mayan ruins of Edzna are approximately one hour southeast of Campeche -- they are the only major ruins near Campeche City. Edzna is one of the oldest Mayan cities - born 400 to 200 BC. It achieved major city status in the Classic era (approx 750 AD) and was abandoned by 900 AD. (We read this in the Mayan museum in Chetumal)
The view from the top of the temple is of the Grand Acropolis. By clicking on the thumbnail, in the larger photo you can see the various buildings that make up the four directions of the map - the pyramid I'm standing on is in the east, with the Moon Temple to the south (left) and the North Temple to the north (right).
Directly in front of the pyramid (west) are three different structures. In the middle of the quadrangle is the Altar, behind it are a string of buildings which I can not find the names for, and behind it in front of the forest is Case Grande (or Nohochna)
Masks in the Small Acropolis
In the Small Acropolis, two stucco masks have been uncovered -- one representing the sun god at sunrise and the other at sunset. We were told (by the plaques) that some colour remains of these masks -- red stucco, blue-green jadeite and black (unless you know what you are looking for, it is hard to tell).
The masks are protected from the sun by a wooden cover.
TEMPLO DE LOS CINCO PISOS 2 - EDZNA
The structure is a truly amazing work. The base of the building measures 60 square meters. There are a few decorations that can be seen near the base still. Temperatures here, as at many other Mayan sites, can easily soar to near 40C - over 100F. The heat radiates off the limestone making for a very warm day. Bring plenty of water and expect to do a little sweating.