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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal July 14th 2009

Ya know, you plan and plan and plan and buy stuff and and go to the tanning salon and plan and plan for a vacation that seems like it takes forever to get here and then BOOM! it’s over and all you are left with is a camera filled with photos that need to be edited and uploaded (I have more than 600 pictures), suitcases filled with wrinkled clothes and suntan lotions, and a screwed up sleep schedule. It sucks getting back to the real world. I am going to start off with a few observations, confirmations, and bitching. First the observations. This is not meant to be offensive to anyone, it is simply something that I noticed. I don’t think I have ever seen such a large ratio of obese people in comparison to average ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal January 12th 2009

On the 12th, we took a bus from Campeche to the Uxmal ruins, which are further up the Carribean coast near the city of Merida. It was a funny little bus, which stopped at every tiny town on the way, making a relatively short route a 4h bus ride. The road was very curvy. Some bus stops seemed to be at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, which made us nervous that we would miss our stop. The bus driver played loud Mariachi music all the way, so it was a festive ride. When we got to our stop, it was indeed just a patch of dirt at the side of the road. We then walked across and down the road a bit to the ruins, which were practically deserted except for ... read more
Governor´s Palace
Governor´s Palace Front

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal December 17th 2008

Sorry a bit behind, internet in Cuba was dial up where we were staying and expensive at cafes! So back a week and a bit ago! On 7 Dec we went to Uxmal which is near Merida. These are the most famous of the ruins in the Puuc region, whatever that means! They were pretty spread out so you got a good workout while walking round everything. We managed to get there quite early so didn´t have all the crowds and people trying to sell you stuff, was nice. Uxmal has a 30m tall pyramid called the Pyramid of the Sorcerer that is different to the other main pyramids cos it is an oval shape. You weren´t allowed to climb up this one, but it was that hot at like 9:30am was probably a good thing. ... read more
Uxmal - the real thing
The Pyramid of the Sorcerer and me
Looking up to the House of the Governor

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal November 14th 2008

Ruta Puuc and the Convent Route: The Ruta Puuc is located to the south of Merida and consists of the Mayan ruin sites called Mayapan, Uxmal, Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah and Labnah. The name Ruta Puuc means hilly route. Also along this route is the henequen hacienda called Yaxcopoil and Loltun caves. The Puuc style is known for its elaborately ornamented building facades. We travelled the Ruta Puuc during the summer of 2004, June of 2005, April of 2006 and January of 2007. Chuck and I have gone alone, with our daughters Danielle and Angela, with our good friends Tim and Nikki, and with the parents Charlie and Judy. Each time we go we learn something new and find our visit to be even more interesting than the one before. The Ruta Puuc can be done as ... read more
Temple of the Magician

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal November 10th 2008

Today was the first of many long driving days. We left at 06:45 to have breakfast at a local market in Uman. We had panuchos (with beans) and salbutes (no beans) and a fresh fruit platter. Even though it was fried it still hit the spot. A meat market was next door so we went and took a look. It’s really not that much different from traditional markets in China and while some may question the lack of refrigeration I am sure the locals do just fine with them. We were on the road again, this time stopping by Uxmal ruins. It’s of puuc-style architecture and many buildings are open to climbing. We had a great view from the governor’s residence, seeing the top of some of the other structures just peeping above the tree top. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal November 8th 2008

Po dni velkych prejezdu se opet navracime k archeologickym zonam a naplno rozjizdime nasi majskou tour po Yucatanu. Zaciname uprostred yucatanskeho porostu v mensi zone Sayil, ktera podobne jako dalsi pamatky na nasi trase - Kabah, Uxmal a Labna (toto misto uz pro nabity program nestihame) - se pysni majskym architektonickym stylem Puuc charakteristickym zejmena zobrazovanim sloupu na fasadach budov, vyobrazenych zejmena nad preklady u vchodu. Dalsim rysem je vyobrazeni boha Chac Moola - boha deste - ktere mnohdy pokryva cele fasady staveb, kde jeste navic dominuji postavy sestupujicich bohu - fotografie vam ukazou vic. Slovo "puuc" z majskeho jazyka znamena "kopec" a je to prave proto, ze vetsina techto pamatek je posazena na mensich kopeccich, ktere jsou na jinak rovinatem Yucatanu zcela vyjimecne. Sayil je idealnim mistem pro svezi Yucatanskou prochazku. Jenotlive stavby jsou od ... read more
Sayil II.
Sayil III.
Stela s oblibenym buzkem - Sayil

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal July 19th 2008

Mexico 27-06-08 Mayan Ruins. 29-06-08 Sunday. Gabriel arrived at 9.00 am to take us to some Mayan temples. As we drove he explained that Mayan is the most common language spoken in the area, with the people bilingual, speaking Mayan and Spanish. Uxmal. The first was Uxmal, a temple that had been largely restored. The restored pyramid was built in 3 stages, each stage being built over the previous building. Behind it was an accommodation building in the form of a hollow square with small rooms along the outer and inner walls. The rooms were all constructed in the same way with a lower section of the walls being vertical for about 2 metres. Above this the two longest walls angled inwards to form a wedge shape almost meeting at the top. There were cap stones ... read more
Uxmal Temple showing construction stages
Uxmal, Room structure

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal July 14th 2008

Day 14: Sunday 13 July - Mission Accomplished (3 bus journeys and Uxmal ruins) Another early start today. The plan is to get a bus to Uxmal (3 hour journey), visit the ruins, get a bus from Uxmal to Merida (1 hour journey) and then to get a bus to Chichen Itza (2 and a half hour journey). I don't know if this is feasible as I set out but I'll give it a shot, and find somewhere to lay my head if I fall short. Leg 1 is easy enough, get a bus at 9:15 which drops me off at the ruins some 3 hours later. Uxmal was built between 900-1200AD, and when I get there it is swarming with tourists.The Uxmal ruins lack the setting of Palenque or Calakmul but the stone carvings are ... read more
Nunnery Quadrangle, Uxmal
1. Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal
2. Iguana at Uxmal

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal July 8th 2008

Well after a week of Spanish and exploring Merida, we were fairly tired so on Friday we went to the local university and saw some traditional dancing and retired fairly early. The dancing turned out to be amazing, and extremely impressive; incredible tap dancing with Cuban heels, men and women, extravagant, highly colourful dresses, and it was sweltering so I felt the dances were really impressive if they could preform such energetic routines with zeal and enthusiasm, while streamng in sweat under such heavy costumes. It was just as well as we needed all our energy to travel to Uxmal on the Saturday. We managed to get public buses all the way there, which saved us a lot of money, as a 2 hour journey cost only 55 pesos ($5.50) and was airconditioned so we could ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal July 3rd 2008

Today we were supose to go to Cuzama to see 3 Cenotes but poor Chelsea is quite sick with Montezumas Revenge so I'm taking this oppertunity to write a blog and holding my breath that I don't get sick too. Yesterday we took a bus to Labna, Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah and then on to Uxmal. Although we were rushed for time; it was amazing! Labna and Xlapak are small and look's like they may have functioned as food storage locations during the high of Uxmallian rule. At Labna we followed the sacbe (ancent Mayan road) to the Arch of Labna. The arch is the most intercately decorated arch to be discovered and is the enterance to the city of Labna. ) At Xlapak we got to see an archaolgical site in the process of being discovered ... read more
Arch of Labna
Carved stone on ground at Xlapak
Ant hole

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