Xpuhil is a good excuse to kill an hour on your way through these Mayan cities south of Campeche. The so-called Building 1 of the city of Xpuhil is one of the unique structures of the Mayan world. As I say, a good excuse to look out.

Xpuhil it is located a few meters from the town of the same name. This area is very rich in Mayan settlements, the others close to the population of Xpuhil are Becán, Chicanná and Hormiguero. 

La Xpuhil archaeological zone It is a small and pleasant enclosure where if you pay attention you can see birds and rodents that inhabit this place next to federal highway 186. Despite this proximity, Xpuhil is a place of peace, with a pleasant walk between a row of young trees that They give shade to the main structures of the city.

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Xpuhil Building 1

To the west of the city of is Edicio 1, a structure with three towers, something unusual in the architectural style of the Rio Bec, the principal in the area. This is the most emblematic building on the premises, a little treasure that few stop to visit.

It is a beautiful image to stand in front of this structure, it must have been an incredible building. We leave you the drawing of Tatiana Proskouriakoff so you can enjoy the Mayan past. I always miss more information of this kind in archeological zones.

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Drawing by Tatiana Proskouriakoff. Source

What does Xpuhil mean?

Xpuhil owes its name to the ancient existence of a plant that grows in the enclosure so called in Yucatec Maya: Xpuhil (cat's tail -xpuh-, -il- suffix indicating instead of). By the way, it is written Xpuhil, but in the Mayan language the "h" is pronounced as "j", so Xpu is vocalizedjil. What a mess with the name of the place cat's tail.

The settlement of Xpuhil It has a chronology from 400 BC to 1200 AD Its maximum claim is its stellar building, but like all places there can be magic in your way.

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xpuhil xpujil

When I visited Xpuhil with my brother, we saw an elusive mole, we were excited to be able to see him for a while, I will always remember that moment. We all know that the backpack on the road is filled with a thousand remnants of experiences: being with my brother and seeing that mole was one of those moments that I will remember from here. 

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Mole Moments

Every corner can surprise you, come to life. Small enclosures also create travel experiences. Really that Xpuhil It is a pleasant walk where you can stretch your legs, your heart and your brain a bit 😉

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Xpuhil, archaeological site

 LOCATION: Xpuhil is located a few meters from the town of Xpuhil, on Federal Highway 186, at the west exit towards Escárcega.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY:60 mxn. On Sundays the entrance of the 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 Xpuhil Public transport arrives from Escárcega (2 hours), Chetumal (1'40 "h) and Campeche (4'30" h).  Official Web of the main bus company that operates in the area. With buses or taxi from Xpuhil you can stop anywhere you want on the road.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes better and 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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