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Travels in the Yucatan: Uxmal Pt. 2

October 2019 In this second part of the post on Uxmal I'll focus on the archeological site itself, which is the second most visited site in Yucatan after Chichen Itza and with good reason.  It's immensely impressive and gave me for the first time a clear sense of just how much places like Uxmal deserve to be called cities.  When one considers that the excavated structures at Uxmal represent only a fraction of the [...]

2019-10-25T05:16:56+00:00By |Mexico|Comments Off on Travels in the Yucatan: Uxmal Pt. 2

Travels in the Yucatan: Uxmal Pt. 1

October 2019 Uxmal, together with Chichen Itza, is one of the major Mayan archeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula.  It also has in its vicinity two other major attractions, the Museo del Chocolate (Chocolate Museum) and the three principal Mayan sites of the Ruta Puuc: Kabah, Sayil and Labnah.  I was so entranced by the Puuc region that I visited one full day and then went back for two more days.  As a result [...]

2019-10-20T00:45:57+00:00By |Mexico|Comments Off on Travels in the Yucatan: Uxmal Pt. 1

Travels in the Yucatan: Cenote de San Ignacio

October 2019 What, you may ask, is a cenote?  Since it's an object of primary interest to us in this post, allow me to explain. Here's the dope from the Wikipedia page (here): Cenotes are surface connections to subterranean water bodies. While the best-known cenotes are large open water pools measuring tens of meters in diameter, such as those at Chichén Itzá in Mexico, the greatest number of cenotes are smaller sheltered sites and do not necessarily have [...]

2019-10-12T14:13:46+00:00By |Mexico|Comments Off on Travels in the Yucatan: Cenote de San Ignacio

Travels in the Yucatan: Sotuta de Peon and Mayapan

October 2019 With a base in Merida you have any number of easy day trips available to sites in the vicinity.  That's the reason I based myself in Merida for the first five days of my two-week trip to the Yucatan Peninsula.  I had wheels the whole trip so I was free to go in any direction I chose.  After going north to Dzibilchaltun I decided on a lark it was time to go [...]

2019-10-14T13:00:17+00:00By |Mexico|Comments Off on Travels in the Yucatan: Sotuta de Peon and Mayapan

Travels in the Yucatan: Merida and Dzibilchaltun

September 2019 I've been in Merida less than a week but I already feel like an expert.  There's a good reason for that: there's not much there there.  That may seem to some a summary dismissal of The White City, but after driving through it from one end to the other for nearly a week I have the evidence of my own eyes as corroboration.  My experience leads me to wonder what controlled substance [...]

2019-10-01T02:20:30+00:00By |Mexico|Comments Off on Travels in the Yucatan: Merida and Dzibilchaltun