Sayil’s remaining temples aren’t terribly impressive as such, but the walk there, with sunlight filtering through the foliage overhead, is rewarding. A path forks off the main one between the Palacio and El Mirador.
First, the Temple of the Hieroglyphic Jambs is not nearly as impressive as its name might suggest. The structure is literally buried in the forest floor, with only the roof and a small portion of the carved doorways visible.
The path continues 500 meters (0.3 mile) to the much-decayed Palacio Sur, with columns, broken Chac masks and other figures discernable on the southern frieze. Beside the complex is Sayil’s ball court, also in significant disrepair.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition