After leaving the Finca El Baúl – Sugar Refinery HQ and its small museum of Pipil sculpture, which I reached by taxi, I set out on foot towards the fields but soon hitched a ride in an aged-US-school bus taking workers back to town.
Soon they dropped me at a dirt path leading into a jungle of high sugarcane, where I proceeded to wander the damp track.
Then a lightning storm came crashing!
My poncho saved me from a soaking – but I was already wet from sweat.
So the rain it cooled me nicely.
Locating the Stone Head is Difficult
After 30 minutes, I was about to give up on finding the unmarked site when I encountered a lone worker – carrying machete and bag.
In broken Spanish, I explained where I was going amid this jungle of sugar cane.
Towards a low grassy mound – an unexplored temple platform – he led me to the ancient stone head.
Facts About the Pipil Ruins at El Baul – Guatemala
The ruins of El Baul are from the little-known Pipil civilization and their city of Cotzumalguapa, which flourished from 650–950 AD.
“Cotzumalguapa was most likely the seat of a powerful state, which exerted political control over a vast region of the Pacific coast.”