On a recent day trip to Cancun we stumbled upon the remains of a Mayan temple. I don’t know Cancun like I know my city (Playa del Carmen) so I can’t tell you the name of the beach where the temple is located. What I can tell you is that the ruins are across from the “La Isla” shopping centre (in the hotel zone) and right on the beach.
The temple is perched up on a hill, with ancient steps leading to the top. After following the winding path and up the stairs we were met with these amazing views and history. My photos do not do the temple and sights justice — you simply must see it in person to take it all in. There is a magical aura that will want to keep you there. Enjoy!
According to a sign we saw at the ruins, this is called the Templo Del Alacaran or Scorpion’s Temple. This is exactly what the plaque said: “Its name is due to the remaining of a scorpion’s sculpture found in one of the walls of the temple. The temple rises on a vertical walls plinth with a four step stair limited by two dice, and a platform was build at the top as base of the one room temple, which access is available by three entrances formed by two columns; the flat ceiling that covered it was formed by a wood architrave and a kind of bricks placed one next to the other; the walls show a slight inclination towards outside; the border is limited by two cornices and it is crowned by a single incline flat surface.
All the construction was stuccoed and painted; there is no vestige of this conserved. This temple is chronologically located in the Late Post-Classic Period (1200-1500 A.D.)”
In the steps you can see just how much traffic they have received since their existence. There are grooves that show the wear and tear of so many feet that have crossed these steps.
Who can spot the two hidden temple guardians?
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