Mayan Ruins


Nikon F100


In 2010, a friend of mine and I rented a car and drove around the Yucatan Peninsula for a week. Our goal was to visit villages and out of the way cenotés and ruins that hadn’t been excavated yet. As part of that trip we visited Uxmal and Ek Balam, two Mayan cities that at the time had been discovered but not excavated. They were very remote ruins whose pyramids and ramparts peeked out of the jungle, staffed by one guard, and inhabited by dozens of iguanas the size of your torso. We were warned we might encounter snakes if we ventured into the ruined apartments, tombs, or pyramids, but we weren’t stopped from doing so. At Uxmal, we were harassed by a pack of monkeys that threw their poop at us from the trees.
These two ruins have since been uncovered, cleaned up, and now look very similar to Chichen Itza. And so, I wanted to include the images that I took there in this collection, as they are definitely moments in time that will never be captured again.

an Aztec sculpture I stumbled across inside a ruined pyramid in the bush in the Yucatan, Mexico
the doorway of what is probably a ruined residential area of Ek Balam
a statue outside the doorway of the residential area at Uxmal
one of the pyramids at Ek Balam

probably a residential structure at Ek Balam, Yucatan, Mexico
trees growing through stairs in a ruin

a detail of walls in Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico
a city street in Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico
a fallen sculpture at the ruins of Uxmal before they were cleaned up