Nineteen pot holed kilometers west and north of Labná are the ruins of Kabah with it’s incredible Palace of Masks, an entire wall of nearly 300 Chuc-Mool masks that once each held a huge curled up stone nose protruding from the face. There is only one left intact at the southern corner. On the back side of the same building stand the two atlantes (male figures used as supporting columns), among the very few 3-D human figures at Mayan sites. I went around behind El Palacio the main palace, on a path leading a couple hundred meters through the jungle to the Templo de las Columnas. Last year we took a tour to Uxmal and Kabah and wanted to return to spend more time and this did it for us, although I realize now there are more of the Kabah ruins back across the highway behind where we parked. Guess we will have to visit again. We stopped in the small gift shop just as it was closing for the day (5 pm), having seen a craftsman carving outside on our way in. The work was very good. I bought a blouse with crocheted shoulders. I think I will wear it over a brightly colored tank top.
I had hoped to dine in Sta. Elena (which we did) and then push on to Uxmal for the light show at 7 pm, but my men were worn out. So after a wonderful chicken dinner (done in three styles), and a visit to the Fly Catcher Inn where James had stayed on a previous trip, we headed back past Uxmal, then north to Muna on Hwy. 261 to Umán, and into Merida 101 km and about 2 hours later.