Freedom8 Mesoamerica


or Balam Ku means "House of the Jaguar" in Mayan. It is an early Mayan city, was rediscovered in 1991 in the jungles northwest of Chicanna and Becan in the state of Campeche, Mexico. You will see extraordinary artwork there. The central plaza is encircled with buildings, one of which contains a recently exposed painted stucco facade. Covering its two-story surface is an ornately carved seated jaguar flanked by two large monster masks; two ferocious serpents erupt from the mouths of each mask. Some of the new excavations have uncovered elaborate frescoes carved into the walls of pre-classic temples. The original red paint is still visible.