You might only see stone over stone, some stairs, places to climb. The distribution of its buildings is also interesting. It is even fun. There is also a museum where the latest findings are shown.
What you don’t see, is Pacal the governor of Zamá the city that now lays in ruins and is named Tulum. Zamá means Morning or Tomorrow and Tulum means wall. Now back to Pacal. His reign started when he was 12 year old (from year 603 to 683) and it was given by his mother Sak K’uk. During his reign everything flourished.
When he died he was buried in one of the pyramids. It took more than 12 centuries to find it and when it finally was found in the Temple of the Inscriptions (Palenque) it was the greatest discovery of Mesoamerica‘s archeology. His tomb was found on a secret crypt. The access to it was through a stair that represents the entrance to the underworld, blocked by stones and dirt. It took two years to get to it. Once inside the room, a 20 tons sarcophagus could be appreciated. The sarcophagus had a Cosmo-gram representing death and resurrection.
For many years, some people have wanted to see the inscription on the sarcophagus as a MAN IN A SPACE SHIP, with sticks , gears and steering wheels. This have no scientific or history foundations. Nevertheless, it is a belief many people maintain.
Take a look at the Space Ship….and let me know later what you think!