Xlapak is one of the smaller of the archaeological sites along the Puuc Trail in the Yucatan State in Mexico, a trail of Maya sites in the hilly part of this otherwise flat state.
History of Xlapak
Xlapak literally means ‘Old Walls’ – a generic term used by people to describe ruins in the forest. Thought to date from around 800AD, the site was primarily agricultural.
Famous today for its well-preserved palace, which is in Classic or Fluorescent Puuc, a style popular in the Puuc region, there are also well preserved masks of the rain god Chaac which are worth looking out for.
Xlapak is a small site: there’s not much here but if you’re on the Puuc route then it’s worth visiting for the well-preserved palace and the excellent geometric latticing, which is classic Puuc style. There’s a small shop and refreshments nearby. Free entry.
Getting to Xlapak
Xlapak is on the Ruta Puuc (Puuc Trail), nestled between Labna and Sayil, off Ruta 261. You can get here relatively easily from Merida, although hiring a car is also a sensible option if you want to have flexible timings. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Merida.
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