Xpujil, Campeche

Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Campeche, the ancient Mayan city of Xpujil is west of Becan. Named by an expedition in 1938, Xpujil features excellent samples of the Rio Bec style. The site must have flourished between 400 B.C. and

The small ruin site of Xpujil, in the state of Campeche, must have flourished between 400 B.C. and 1100 A.D. Three towers distinguish Xpujil and they are located in its main square. However, since they are too steep to climb, some archaeologist suggest that they might have only decorative purposes.

The architecture in Xpujil is considered an example of Rio Bec style featuring masonry towers similar to pyramids and temples. Flanking the main entrance, two stone reptile heads may represent the Mayan God of creation.

Xpujil's peak activity might have been between 500 and 750 A.D. and its decay might have occurred around year 1100.

Visiting Xpujil allows tourists to know other interesting places nearby, like Becan and Chicanna. Calakmul and Rio Bec are not that close but still visitable through guided tours. Crowds here are seldom compared to other archaeological zones in the area. A couple of hotels and shops can be found is Xpujil.


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