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Published: July 17th 2009
Canon del Cobre
A massive canyon area
Mexico - 5 Weeks
We flew to Chihuahua, in the North of Mexico and from here went to Creel to visit the canon del cobre
, a series of canyons which are collectively bigger than the Grand canyon. We lost a couple of days to the local alcohol, a kind of paint stripper at $1.50 for a litre that destroyed our desire to move and get out of bed.
A train ride, a 9-in-a-taxi-ride and a couple of bus rides later we arrived in Guadalajara to spend a couple of nights and explore the colonial buildings and start the collection of many "colonial" buildings I would see on this trip, and indeed, in my life.
Next stop was Mexico city, a cool city with its green VW beetle taxis and historical buildings. We were there for a religious day, el Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, where people dance and go to church in particular a famous church in the city where we saw many people honouring la senora. While in the city I went to the Plaza de Toros Bull Ring to see a bull fight, the spectacle was really cool, people drinking beer in the sun
The start of my colonial building collection
and the horsemanship was brilliant but shame they had to torment and kill the bull.
The ruins at Teotihuacan, near the city were brilliant.
Puebla was ok, just a city really, but I really liked the nearby Cholula with its many churches and its huge pyramid. The pyramid was partially covered with earth and vegetation and for this reason the spanish had built a church on top.
Taxco was a cute little mountain town famous for its silver mining, there were hundreds of shops selling all sorts of jewelry and we visited some caves close by.
Acapulco was full of hotels and package-holiday tourists, so I soon left, and remember being scared at the bus station watching a 15 year old security guard playing his machine gun like a guitar.
Zipolite was a 2km long beach, near Puerto Angel, where we days and days in hammocks drinking beer and we spent a great christmas day - I awoke in a hammock on the beach and ate tuna sandwiches and drank beer all day without leaving the hammock, no sign of santa though.
San Cristobal de las casas was cute
Plaza De Toros
Bull Fight, Mexico City
enough and we spent new years eve here and on new years day saw some zapatistas march through town to celebrate an anniversary.
The ruins at Palenque were impressive Mayan ruins set in the jungle, we were there for 23 hours and it rained for all of them, we got soaked camping.
Further north the ruins of chichen itza
were even more impressive with many impressive ruins and temples but the Temple of Kukulkan stands out as the shape of the temple means that on the Spring and Autumn equinox, at the rising and setting of the sun, the corner of the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent, a Kukulcan, along the west side of the north staircase. On these two days, the shadows from the corner tiers slither down the northern side of the pyramid with the sun's movement to the serpent's head at the base.
The Yucatan penisula is covered with underground waterholes called cenotes and we visited one of these before reaching the beach town of Tulum. Here we slept in hammocks on the beach again and enjoyed the beachside Mayan ruins and the drums next
The taxi's were cool...
to the fire in the evening.
From Tulum I crossed into Belize. I lost my photos so I borrowed some from the internet just to show the top sites visited, Sorry if anyone is offended
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