In the south of the Yucatan Peninsula we find ancient fascinating Mayan cities. The archaeological zone of Balamkú conserves one of the treasures of the Mayan civilization, what will it be?
Years ago when you visited Balamkú nobody told you anything about the treasure that it conserves, it was information that we passed from mouth to mouth travelers and enthusiasts of the Mayan civilization.
If you were one of the lucky ones that you knew of its existence, you had to ask for the key at the entrance of the vestige to access the structure that preserves this treasure. a spectacular stucco frieze that is inside one of the buildings of the so-called Central Group (in Sub-structure IA).
Today there is a fixed guard at the side door of the building. No one would say that this simple building treasures of the most beautiful Mayan art details That we can observe.
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The Mayan frieze of Balamkú
The imposing frieze retains part of the red pigmentation. It was developed between 550 and 600 d. C. Part of his worldview, his understanding of the world, is reflected in this frieze where four ascending scenes alternated with jaguars can be seen.
Balamkú, Mayan word, means in Spanish Temple of the Jaguar (balam: jaguar and kú: temple). Do you see the jaguar?
It is fantastic that today we can enjoy this beauty, as most stucco were lost by the punishment imposed by the tropical climate on them. The material that was used to make them is not resistant to moisture. The vast majority of preserved stuccoes have been found inside a building, as is the case with Balamkú, preserved from the weather.
Maya often built superimposedly, as if it were the matrioskas, the Russian dolls that come together by sizes. You have to understand that the buildings bald that we see in the current ruins, before they were decorated and painted, giving a very different look to what we see today.
When professionals excavate and study a vestige, they sometimes find interior structures that have been preserved, and can do the restoration work with the pattern found.
In the archaeological zone Balamkú has worked on the restoration of the frieze, something that allows us to enjoy these meters of pure ancient Mayan art.
El frieze He is the true protagonist of the Balamkú enclosure, a pleasant place to walk in the shadows and discover the monkeys that inhabit the place.
For us it is the perfect combination in a day with Calakmul. Enter Calakmul at sunrise and on the return explore Balamkú. If you join the bat volcano you will have an unbeatable day. You already know it, traveler, here you have a good detour where you can enjoy the Mayan world and nature. The south will surprise you
Balamkú, archaeological siteLOCATION: Balamkú is located at 3 km from the town of Conhuás, at 55 km from Xpuhil.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: Open from 8 to 17 daily hours. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE INPUT :: 47 mxn. The Sundays the entrance of INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological sites is free every day for children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? A Conhuás public transport arrives from Escárcega (2 hours) and from Xpuhil (30 minutes). Since Conhuás You must walk about 2 kilometers to the entrance.
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WHAT MORE TO SEE IN THE AREA: Xpuhil, Chicanná, Becán, Hormiguero, Rio Bec, Calakmul, Kohunlich, Dzibanché. This south has no bottom.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes and some water always goes well.
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