|Audrey DeLange At The "Temple Of The Masks."|
West Side, Looking East. Kabáh Archaeological Ruins.
|The Building With The Many Windows Is The "Palace" Of The "Palace Group."|
Notice Two Windows Have A Column In The Middle Of The Window.
|"Palace of the Masks." Or "Codz Poop," Meaning "Rolled Up Matting".|
Kabah (also spelled Kabaah, Kabáh, Kahbah and Kaba), Yucatán, Mexico. Its ancient name can be verified as "Kabah" or "Kabaah" which is probably from the ancient Mayan language, meaning "strong hand". This is a pre-Columbian name for Kabah is mentioned in the Maya chronicles. An alternative name is Kabahaucan which means, "royal snake in the hand". This archaeological site is famous for its palace with hundreds of carved stones representing the Mayan God Chaac.
It is thought that Kabáh was built between the 7th. & 11th. centuries, but that its earliest human habitation was in about the middle of the 3rd century BC. An actual date or 849 was found carved on a door frame which is believed to be during the the height of the city. When the Spaniards arrived in the Yucatán, Kabah was already deserted and it is unknown as to the reasons for its desertion or the date that it occured. The very first detailed description of Kabáh was done in 1843 by Frederick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens in the book published by Harper & Brothers called, "Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan".
Kabáh is home to its main attraction, the "Palace of the Masks", which is a façade decorated with hundreds of stone masks of the long-nosed rain god Chaac; it is also known as the Codz Poop, meaning "Rolled Up Matting". You see a whole wall of Chac masks, around 250 in total, with big round eyes and protruding, curled noses. The intricacy of the carving is amazing and much of the detail is intact, though many of the noses are incomplete.
Even the steps into the building are part of a Chac face; the footstep is a curved nose. It’s a tremendous sight, and the suggestion that each nose may have held a torch to light up the whole structure conjures up a remarkable picture in the mind. You will also see its elaborate roof comb, once about 10 ft (3 m) high, perforated with rectangular openings.
On the same side of the road are the Great Temple and Temple of the Columns, palace-like structures with plainer facades, where restoration work is ongoing. The grounds are lawned and fairly flat, so it’s easy to wander around. it also is not visited as much as nearby Uxmal and we are told that even today, you might be the only people visiting the site! Our last visit was in August of 1988 and we were the only people there.
Don’t miss the Arch of Kabah on the other side of the road, marking the end of a ceremonial sacbe about 2½ miles (4½ km) long leading from Uxmal to Kabah. In the other direction the sacbe is believed to have extended to Labná. This sacbe was one of the Maya "white roads" used mostly for ceremonial purposes.
If you wish to tour the entire site, you will find many other temples and palaces, since all the site has not been unearthed. Part of it is still lying under deep tropical jungle and the INAH is in still in the process of excavations that they restarted in 1990 after many decades of neglect. We have been told that restorations have been started again in 2003.
Other structures to see when at Kabáh are the "The House of the Witch" and "The Temple of the Columns."
Kabáh Archaeological Ruins are actually part of the Puuc Route, south of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula. Kabah is situated 140 km from Merida in the State of Yucatan by the highway 261 in Mexico. Its just 5 km from Sayil. It is close to the larger Uxmal and Labna. The drive from Merida is a little more than one hour. The best way to visit Kabah is following the Puuc Route with a rental car. Signs along the road are reliable and you should have no problem.
The site of Kabah is not as popular as other sites, however it is one of the most attractive ones to visit. We highly recommend it to you.
We were last there in 1988, but we have been told that there is a small paved parking area there with souvenirs stores at the entrance.
The Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport, formerly known as Mérida-Rejón Airport (IATA: MID, ICAO: MMMD) is the international airport located in the Mexican city of Mérida, Yucatán. It is located on the southern edge of the city.
The airport handles both domestic and international flights, and is open 24 hours a day.
We suggest flying into Mérida and staying in one of their many fine hotels when touring Kabah and the ruins in the surrounding area.
We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into Mérida and several of the best hotels in Mérida.
After getting a flight and a hotel we suggest asking your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of Mayapan or the Mérida area. If you call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
However, Kabah is not that much difference in distance from Campeche.
The Ing. Alberto Acuña Ongay International Airport (IATA: CPE, ICAO: MMCP), also known as Campeche International Airport, is the international airport located in Campeche, Campeche, Mexico. It handles the national and international air traffic of the city of Campeche. It's operated by Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares, a federal government-owned corporation.
You could fly into Campeche and select a hotel there. Then ask your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of Kabah or the Campeche area.
We do this sort of travel all the time, when traveling in Mexico. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!
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|The Entrance On The East Side|
Of Highway 261 Which Runs
Through The Middle Of Kabah.
Laurine And Audrey DeLange
& Codz Poop Area
Of The Palace Group.
|Looking South East At The|
Of The Palace
The West Side
Of Palace Showing.
|Chac Mask Detail.||West Side|
Of The Palace,
Palace Court Yard.
Toward Codz Poop
Temple Of Southern Part
Of Palace Group
Of Codz Poop.
About 250 Masks.
|Codz Poop Masks.||Structures At North Wall|
Palace Group Temple.
|Audrey & Laurine|
In The Codz Poop.
Used For Mescal.
|The Arch Seen|
From The West
Side Of Highway 261.
|Arch Close Up.|
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