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Xlapak information

Ruta Puuc , Mexico
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The ornate palacio at Xlapak (shla-pak) is quite a bit smaller than those at nearby Kabah and Sayil, measuring only about 20m in length. It’s decorated with the inevitable Chac masks, columns and colonnettes and fretted geometric latticework of the Puuc style. The building is interesting and on a bit of a lean.

Plenty of motmots brighten up the surrounding forests. From the entrance gate at Sayil, it’s 6km east to the entrance gate at Xlapak. The name means ‘Old Walls’ in Maya and was a general term among local people for ancient ruins.