Back in Time
Here is a view looking at the front of the pyramid of the magician when the group walked onto the Uxmal site. From here you can see the three layers of the pyramid from which Uxmal (three-times-built) got its name. This pyramid is completely uncovered from the surrounding jungle and is one of the few on the site that goes on in such good condition. Unfortunately, the area is roped off around this pyramid so we could climb. However, the pyramid does display breathtaking views of more mayan architecture and the incorporation of the god of the rain Chaac into the sides of the pyramid. The doorway at the top of the staircase itself is shaped in the likeness of Chaac. This is so that the general people could see that the high priests would come out of the underworld and their correspondence with the gods to pass on their wishes. This indicated a great position of power within the mayan culture. I cannot forget to mention, that all of the structures within this site where engineered by the mayans to reflect sound (trust me I tried it, you can clap from 100 yards away and it comes right back just as loud). The point of this was to create a form of amplification so that one person could speak to a crowd of hundreds or even thousands. I am amazed at even the simplest innovations discovered by these people and I cringe at the knowledge that we have lost.