The first day out of Mérida, heading south towards the Puuc Route, we stopped at Oxkintok and the Calcehtok Caves.
The ruins at Oxkintok were a surprise. They hardly feature in some guidebooks, and we were expecting something small and hardly excavated. Instead, after driving through kilometer after kilometer of bare countryside, at last we came to the usual impeccable entryway, with its nominal entry fee to the site's manicured lawns, carefully reconstructed buildings, and a slew of gardeners, two of whom tried to be helpful-for-hire until we politely avoided them. The ruins were a huge array of buildings in various states of repair, from perfectly reappointed to still a giant green bulge in th...Read More