Our day starts quite early. Some rich breakfast at the hotel and then straight to the airport for the car rental. A white Chevrolet Malibu with automatic transmission is our vehicle for this day. Hmm, I’ve never driven an automatic before and I am realizing now that i don’t really like it. But this is the standard there and you won’t notive any difference driving longer distances. As soon as we leave the city, there are fewer cars on the road. The forestation on the sides increases, the curves on the road decrease, till it seems like a straight line with no other car in sight. We reach Uxmal early, park the car and get tickets. The entry fee is split into 2 amounts (state “cultur” and federal “inah”) and has to be paid at 2 seperate windows. You will need both tickets to enter the site. By the way: Similar to Chichen Itza, there is also a lightshow at night here.
The ruins are well maintained, but attract fewer tourists compared to Palenque. I don’t get it. They are well worth seeing. With fresh, green lawns… beautiful, well restored temples… and also the permission to climb the highest one. From up there you can see all the buildings embedded in the surrounding forest. Sitting in the shade, having a little wind – you do not want to necessarily climb down again. “These boobs seem made” – I get torn out of my trance. A group of US-tourists made it to the top of the temple and there is a guy in a muscle shirt and his very slim, but also busty girlfriend among them. Any answer to that would have been wrong. I rather leave it be… * As fast as this group appeared, it also has to leave. You have to stay on schedule with organized tours. Renting the car sure was a good idea .
We leave Uxmal and drive on the Ruta Puuc again… The road seems deserted. Again: No other car in sight. The trees on the side of the road form some kind of tunnel. This way it feels pleasantly cool in the shade. From time to time there are signs for smaller excavations by the wayside. Since we drive slowly, we can often take a look inside. We decide to drive straight to Loltun – we thought about having a swim at a local cenote, but the route is longer than we expected.
This large cave is even more interesting than we expected. And also hardly visited. There is just another couple ahead of us. Our guide knows how to keep things interesting. He gives us a lot of information about the coexistence of the former tribes at this area and the everyday life in the caves. Loltun is a cenote-system, which is formed by dissolution of limestone by water. The Maya considered cenotes as entrys to the underworld (Xibalba), and they were often used as a religious altars – in Loltun this was also the case. It is believed that the groundwater was contaminated with all the human sacrifice taking place here, and the inhabitants died this way. The walls are illuminated in different colors and switched on and off by remote control. A very inpressive experience. In the large main cave, our guide turnes off the lights. Absolute darkness – you start hearing every little noise. Even the previously hardly perceived rustle of your own clothing . Late in the evening we arrive again in Merida .
* As if!: “Go ask her, go ask her! ” Was the reaction. (Editor’s note)