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Published: February 9th 2011
A resident iguana
You don't mess with them....
We had only planned a visit to Uxmal today, but ended up doing much more, mostly by choice.
We got to Uxmal before the crowds (which really weren’t that big) and toured this magnificent site for few hours. We left around noon and decided we had time and energy to visit the Loltun cave further south of Santa Elena. Since we were passing the ruins at Kahbah, we decided to stop there en route.
Kahbah is small, but has really beautiful details and a striking arch. ( I’ll add more info with the photos). The cave was amazing in its size…we only could visit a small part of it. It holds signs of human habitation since prehistory (9000 BC). Our guide had played in the cave as a child, before the State took it over. The drive to the caves and onward was through farmland, scented with citrus blossoms (and occasionally road kill skunk).
After Loltun, we headed back to Santa Elena to rest and eat before returning to Uxmal for the sound and light show. We decided to go back through the town of Ticul (often confused with Tikal in Guatemala by misinformed tourists). There
are no signs for Santa Elena (only 14 kilometers away) anywhere in town…even the police officer we asked gave us the wrong turn. After several wrong tries, we finally found the road and got home! In talking to the staff, we were told that everyone gets lost there, and there are residents of Ticul who don't know that Santa Elena exists...
The sound and light show was fun, but overdramatic….no surprise.
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