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These styles are Río Bec, Chenes, and Puuc (and a style called Chenes-Puuc in an intermediate area); see the Glossary for a brief description of these styles. There was some overlap in time among these styles, and influences flowed from one to the other. Various authorities propose different directions and dates for these flows. What follows is based on a "hybrid" model published in 1985, developed after a conference on the subject. D. 600, and influences proceeded from this area northward to the Chenes region shortly thereafter.

Examples are Muyil and Chicanná. Often the caretaker or one of his children will offer to show you' around, and this will save some time. These guides generally do not speak English, and price is not generally discussed beforehand, though there is nothing wrong with doing so. The price of a couple of beers is normally sufficient for a tour of the site; more, if they have had to do a lot of clearing. ' Not all of these sites are terribly remote; some, in fact, are only a few minutes from a paved road, but you will not be able to find them without assistance, and it would be foolhardy to try.

The general information includes the availability of accommodations and restaurants, how to reach the area, and the location of nearby gas stations, along with any special points of interest about the area. It also indicates whether a guide is needed to reach sites in that section, and if so, who they are and where to find them. This will prevent excessive repetition of the information in the text for each site. Each of the six sections is coordinated with an area map bearing the same number. The maps show mileages and the location and name of each site.

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