Fourteen kilometers southwest of Lol Tún through the rolling hills of the Puuc region lie the Labná Ruins, much less visited with vegetation growing atop the stuctures. It is believed that 3000 people lived here at one point during the 9th century. The Palacio, one of the longest buildings in the Puuc region, has near the center a stone carving of a serpent’s head with a human face peering out from between its jaws, the symbol of the planet Venus. There is also an impressive Chac-Mool mask. We walked down the limestone paved sacbé looking for the more than 60 chultunes (underground water funnels for holding rain water in this arid land) and found El Arco Labná, a magnificent arch, once part of a building that separated two courtyards. On the opposite side is the pyramid El Mirador, topped by a temple. The pyramid is largely stone rubble, but the temple stands 5 meters above and is well positioned to be a lookout.
This was American Thanksgiving Day and we celebrated by watching turkeys run free behind the entrance to these ruins, magnificent birds with colors of red, blue and green.