The archaeological zone of Kabah belongs to the Mayan cities of puuc style, one of the most beautiful architectures of the ancient Mayan. If you travel the Ruta Puuc, it is one of the stops on your way.

Within the known as Puuc Route We can enjoy several Mayan cities united by the same architectural style, the puuc. There are several styles that we distinguish in this civilization: bec style, the puuc, the chen, the central petén, that of the eastern coast, the usumacinta.

Kabah, puuc style combined with petén and chen, adapted its construction to the rocky terrain and the hills that are in this area of ​​hills, the highest in the Yucatan Peninsula. Kabah, close to Uxmal, often goes unnoticed or as a main course after visiting the great jewel of the puuc.

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El sacbé from Kabah

This area was fruitful in Mayan cities, which were connected by roads (sacbé in Yucatecan Maya, in the singular). The sacba that runs Kabah-Uxmal, is 4.5 meters wide and 18 kilometers.

The Mayan civilization created very fluid trade and communication routes in the territory it covered. I really dream of recovering some of these roads to favor hiking between different Mayan cities.

Kabah archeological zone

We are aware that the pre-Hispanic name of the city was Kabah, by the mention that is made in the Chilam Balam found in Chumayel, a town that is part of the Convents Route.

The combination of these two routes with some other treasure of the area, will make you enjoy this area as one of the richest culturally to travel in the Peninsula.

Kabah ruins
Kabah archeological zone
Kabah archeological zone

Codz Poop from Kabah

Kabah It is a small enclosure full of good taste. There is much in restoration work to appreciate more clearly its exquisiteness.

His acquaintance Codz Poop (Mat or mat rolled in Spanish) delights any curious who comes up here. It is a facade of one of the palaces completely decorated with sculpted images, many of them are the 250 masks of the god Chac. A marvel.

Codz Poop kabah
Detail of the Codz Poop and the god Chac, the one of the rain
Catherwood 1843 Art Print
Catherwood 1843 Art Print

This part of the settlement is the one that has been reconstructed with greater care, although many pieces will be found on the ground. The coatings of Kabah They are pure fantasy for their walls, the work is very fine.

As in most enclosures, most of the pieces found are in museums, protected from looting and weathering.

Sculptures found in Kabah

As in Uxmal, we see chultunes, the water reservoirs that the Maya built in areas where they could not supply the water from the cenotes.

Kabah's thousand looks on the puuc 1 route
With my remembered mom, great traveler of life and heart of my life

In each of the Mayan cities that we visit we can expand our knowledge of this civilization with its own details. Sure you will enjoy this little gem.

Kabah's thousand looks on the puuc 2 route

Kabah, archaeological site

LOCATION: Kabah is located 104 kilometers south of Merida (1h30 ″). It is within the Puuc Route.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17:XNUMX a.m. daily. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY: 50 mxn. The Sundays the entrance of INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological zones is free every day to children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Mérida, the ADO station on Calle 69 between 68 and 70, a bus departs that runs along the Puuc Route. He leaves at 8 and returns at 16. It is not daily, the schedules have been changing. In Mérida you will find agencies that take you to know the Puuc Route. Most combine Uxmal with Kabah.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, closed and comfortable shoes to climb structures and protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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