lie just to the west of Xpuhíl town, both of which are on
the main east-west road across the base of the Yucatan Peninsula. A complex of ancient
cities inhabit this area now called the Rio Bec region. They are characterized by a
distinctive architectural style that features triads or pairs of steep-sided pyramids with
façades of false staircases. Summits of these temples were reached by means of hidden,
secret stairs so that ritual performers could magically appear during ceremonies.
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