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    Kabah
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    A close up of one of the masks
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    Palace of the Masks
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    by dek516 Written Mar 22, 2008

    Behind the Palace of the Masks is El Palacio. You can climb the steps and look through the many doorways at the top, although nothing much is inside. From the top of El Palacio you can get a view of the Great Pyramid of Kabah, which is not very impressive looking. It appears as a big mound of stones-- maybe with some restoration work it would look better.

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    by dek516 Written Mar 22, 2008

    The biggest draw at Kabah is El Palacio de los Mascarones, or Palace of the Masks. As you approach, the wall appears to be covered in jagged carvings with lots of round stones; after looking more closely you realize that the jags are mouths and the round stones are eyes. There's a spot for the nose under the eyes, although most of the long, curled noses have broken off. A few remain on one corner of the building. These masks, which are of the rain god Chac, total to nearly 300. The worship of Chac that can be seen here and in other Maya sites is evidence of how important rain was to this relatively dry region.

    You can walk up the steps to get a good view of the masks, then go around back to see the two atlantes figures. They're unusual in that there are few human statues found at Maya sites. The figure on the left is intact with a jaguar atop his head, the other atlas is headless.
    Some nice carvings are also visible near the atlantes.

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    by smirnofforiginal Written Jun 21, 2007

    The impressive building at Kabah is CODZ POOP (Palace of Masks) - almost 300 masks of Chac (the rain god or sky serpent).

    Beyond Codz Poop is a small pyramid and EL PALACIO which has traditional Puuc architecture. A path then leads around El Palacio and into the jungle to TERCERA CASA (Temple of Columns).

    If you cross the highway to the west of El Palacio you will get to a unimpressive pile of stones, oncwe GRAN TEOCALLI (Great temple) and some other complex buildings - none are as impressive of what you've already seen and at this point, fatigued by the devilishly hot sun, we gave up our exploration of this site and headed on to Sayil (the next stop on teh Puuc Route)!

    The site is open daily from 8am - 5pm and there is a tiny fee, in 1999 it was US$2, unless you visit on a Sunday when entrance is free. At the time there were no facilities so ensure you are stocked up with water.

    Ideally you need a car. In 1999 tours were possible to arrange in Merida but they did not visit Kabah or Uxmal. Obviously that is a long time ago so it's worth a littel investigation but I cannot emphasis enough how nice it was to have a car to do these sites (Puuc Route) at our own leisure). The only company we had at Kabah were the vultures, scorpions, iguanas and turrantulas (tip the bathroom is the jungle - be careful where you choose to go!)

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    by dek516 Updated Mar 22, 2008

    Most likely, if you're going to Kabah you're also going Uxmal, so Kabah may be included in a package tour. A second class tour bus leaving Merida at 8am for Uxmal also stops Kabah for a short while. Kabah is right off the highway, so you can probably get a passing bus to let you off/pick you up as well, although it's better to go with a firmer plan for getting around.

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    El Palacio de los Mascarones

    by Waxbag Written Jan 2, 2004

    You can see Sayil, Xlapak, Labna, Kabah and then finally Uxmal by bus. From the Merida's Terminal de Segunda Clase, you can buy your round trip ticket that goes to Sayil as well as many other Ruta Puuc sites like Xlapack, Labna, Kabah and Uxmal. Buy a day in advance.

    The bus will first go to Uxmal and drop off those going there directly. Stay on and go to the smaller sites. It will come back to Uxmal and pick you up again a few hours later.

    You only have to pay the cost of the bus ticket. If you are in Merida on a Sunday I highly recommend taking advantage of this.

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    by cbeaujean Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: one of the most fascinating examples of maya architecture,dedicated to "chac",god of the rain.
    splendid sculpted facade with remarkable artistic motifs (270) and chac masks.
    a so repetitive aspect confers to the whole a great rhythm.

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