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You will find Sayil located 3 miles off the Mexico Highway 261 which can be reached via the Ruta Puuc bus line. If you want you can take a bus from either Campeche or Merida that will take you almost right to the site. The bus operates every hour on the hour between the hours of 8am-5pm every day. The charge for this bus ride is 40 pesos.
A long time ago Sayil was found in the most abundantly fertile valley and had a territory that reached over 60 square miles. Because of this large area it had many more areas of concentrated rich soil in which to grow things. The population back in AD era was around 7,500 people. This is one of scientists and archaeologists favorite area because there is so much rich history and several different types of design here. If you would like to see one of the only asymmetrical buildings in the area you will quite enjoy your visit to the Palace of Sayil. This building contains three levels that had been erected over hundreds of years and this is so because of the many different styles of design portrayed here. The face of the building indicates a Colonnette Classic style. In the building there are over 95 rooms which were used for residences, storing of items, and space for administrators which numbered over 300. There are over seven chultunes that were erected right into the foundation of the building. On the second level you will be able to view more reverence to the god Chac who is the rain God and is highly revered in the Ruta Puuc region. There are murals of the Rain God depicted all over in designs and they are still trying to be deciphered as to what they mean by archaeologists who study in this region. There used to be many large human sculptures that were very ornately decorated in the third level but they have since been taken to the museum in trying to keep them as preserved as possible. Right across from the palace you can find El Mirador which is a massive pyramid like temple that used to have a roof with intricate painted designs on it. This indicates that this was a very old and early Puuc area design. If you head to the left of the pyramid you will happen on Estela de Falo which means Stela of the Phallus. This building is a tribute to a fertility God who goes by the name of Yum Keep. This is a very feminine statue that has a large phallus and it will without a doubt give you a chuckle. You will find a building in many pieces called El Temple de las Cabezas which means temple of the heads. This is across the street from the path of dirt. To get here you will need to have a bit of a hike and there are many mosquitos so you will not want to forget the bug repellant. If you can make it up the hike you will have a view of all of Sayil and it is breathtaking
You will find Sayil located 3 miles off the Mexico Highway 261 which can be reached via the Ruta Puuc bus line. If you want you can take a bus from either Campeche or Merida that will take you almost right to the site. The bus operates every hour on the hour between the hours of 8am-5pm every day. [...]