México Sur! Chinkultic
**Southern Mexico Series
I am in love with Southern Mexico! Most people think only of the Riviera Maya (Cozumel – Cancun – Playa del Carmen – Tulum) when they think Southern Mexico – indeed, a great place to spark a love affair with this region, but there is so much more! Permit me to take you on a speed tour through Southern Mexico, to some of the places that have captured my heart!
Chiapas is rich with history from its Mayan ancestors. Just miles from the southern border, about a 2 hour drive from San Cristobal, are the ruins named Chinkultic. Back in August we had friends visiting and used that as an excuse to finally make the drive down and explore this archaeological site. It is not a site that is visited by too many people, a shame really. It’s a small site, beautifully maintained with quiet paths leading through the ruins of the ball courts and up into two different areas that are open for visit.
A natural well sits at the bottom of the main pyramid, likely the reason this particular location was chosen. On a clear day from the top of the pyramid, you can see for miles, well into neighboring Guatemala.
A few hours provides enough time to wander around Chinkultic at a leisurely pace. Right outside the entrance, stopping to chat with the women who make simple quesadillas and coffee right outside the entrance provides the fuel for the drive home.
I enjoyed our visit so much I included it in my “The Bee’s Knees of 2014!” for the best Tree Huggin’ Moment of the year!