Expedition into the heart of Campeche – August 1970

It was in a time and places that are now gone with the wind

by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner

Most of the articles in The Americas Revealed during 2020 were devoted to the 50th anniversary of my fellowship in Mexico, but we continue to add new subscribers, who stumbled upon this website after seeing me on the History Channel. They all want to see more articles on the Mayas and Mexico! . . . not knowing that I have posted (so far) 42 videos on my People of One Fire Youtube Channel. Part Three of my three-part series on Campeche is one of my favorite, because you get to see intimately, the landscape and Maya architecture in the part of the Yucatan Peninsula that was virtually unknown to tourists back then.

Even today, it receives very few tourists, despite the fact that now there are more paved highways. The proposed “Maya Train” will pass exactly through the region that Ana Rojas and explored. This video has been presented once before, but our many new subscribers will certainly find it interesting.

A member of Linked-In sent me this photo of the Labna Love Hut in the summer of 2019. Apparently, a violent storm had struck Labna a few years earlier, and no one saw any need to repair the old Maya hut, where Ana and I danced the night away.

Expedition into the heart of Campeche

Have you ever visited the Maya city of Labna at the extreme southern tip of Yucatan? In fact, when I was there, it was listed as being in Campeche State.  Do you remember the little Maya hut in back of the caretaker’s house?   There is a secret love story associated with that hut.  It was where future anthropologist, Ana Rojas, and I were based, when we explored the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula in the new white Jeep that Daddy gave her for her 21st birthday.

Back then, there was one paved highway, no electrical grid, no telephone service, no TV reception, virtually no signs, no metal fencing, no gasoline stations, no fire stations and very few commercial buildings of any kind. We had to carry our extra gasoline and water on the back on the Jeep. The ruins of Maya cities, towns and villages were endemic.  Most did not even have identifying signs.  Enjoy this journey into the past!

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