Two months in Mexico travel blog

this little guy was at the breakfast stop

this was his buddy, one bit and the other made a lot...

the weather was cloudy and threatened rain all day. On the 120...

wood shacks with red tin roofs

The Umacinta river that borders Mexico and Guatamala. We had to boat...

the boats that take the tourists to the Yaxcilian site

the river was wide and deep. Boat ahead of us

The boat driver spotted a crocodile and went to get a closer...

we got closer and the croc just looked at us

she said thats close enough and in the next second she shot...

getting ready to lunge into the water. This guy was huge

deep in the jungle it sits on a hill

sign for Yaxchilan

rest of sign

site map

another sign on the site

more information

rest of sign

first large temple at the top of the trail

between two buildings this path leads to a zig-zag tunnel hallway through...

along the path into the building

at the end of the tunnel, the stairs lead up to the...

one of the inner rooms in the maze of hallways

The building I just came through is called the labyrinth

pick a door, any door, that leads through the tunnel to the...

looking to the right of the building is another set of steps...

Sign for the great plaza, which is long and narrow compared to...

This sign shows the shape of the long grand plaza, the building...

looking down the long plaza

the way to the upper temples is up these steps and beyond...

sign for next building

the sweathouse

around the side of building

sign for ball court

ball court with side and center markers and the lowest walls I've...

ball court marker in ground

another view of ball court and markers

temples behind the ball court

sign for the lintels under the doorway jams in the temple up...

sign for lintel 35

sign for lintel 48

doorways hold the picture lintels under the overhead door piece

more temples up the stairs

sign for stella

stella of one of the kings of Yaxcilian

hopefully the last level to climb to the highest point of the...

The great acropolis on top of the hill

stella at the bottom of the stairs , figure of king in...

almost at the top. what a climb, over 300 feet high

looking back down the way I climbed at the grand plaza below

more of grand acropolis at top of hill

roof comb on top of temple at the top

looks like the guy ahead of me is as pooped as me,...

building with roof comb is temple 33

what the temple would have looked like

stella in front of temple, pretty worn down to a nub

stucco fresco of ball player on temple base

right hand side of ball player fresco

statue missing head

head sitting by itself in the corner

close up of the temple with the roof comb

close up of right side

knarl of jungle tree roots growing everywhere

more tree roots

corner of temple lost in the vegetation

another path to more of the acropolis on top of hill

this path goes up higher to the top of the top, I...

steps are almost gone

still going up

middle building of the three temple set at the end of the...

a little closer, two more people ahead of me.

sign for temple 40 that sits 100 feet higher up than the...

rest of sign

sign showing the setting of the three temples on the top

first building on right sits at angle. the T shape doors show...

round stone laying in front of temple steps

another round stone in front of third building

found another stone

third temple building on the top of hill

middle temple, has stella in front of it badly worn

inside third temple with back room wall tilting, could barely crawl through...

doorway on the other side after I squeezed through the opening

opposite the small doorway is another one , and yes those are...

looking through the T shape door with multiple T's for the wind...

this third temple was full of doors, some too small to squeeze...

doors were just divine pieces of construction

from the top of the third temple looking at the middle and...

looking lower down on the platforms of temple one and two

top of temple three platform with doors behind pillars

anothe shot of temple two and one, which sits at an offset...

looking up the steps to temple three, behind the pillars you can...

face built into the bottom of the third temple base by the...

going back down, couldn't resist looking back to the top of the...

on the way back down I looked again at part of the...

sign for lintel 42

sign for the lintels in other two temples

rest of sign

had to lay on my back to get the pic. It is...

another shot of same lintel

trying to get the whole thing in one shot, but the piece...

once more to make it as clear as I can get

other half of last shot

view through the trees over the river to the Guadamala side

a zoom shot of the view

step line to the part of the acropolis with the lintels in...

looking back the other way from the right side of the steps

lintel in the second building

second half of the second lintel doorway

third lintel has two figures with glyphs around edges

last section of temples in this row of the acropolis

section behind the row of temples

edge of steps and corner of platform

looking up at the lintel doorways from the bottom platform

sign for another section of the acropolis

map of buildings in acropolis. The previous pictures are of the buildings...

stones caught up in the root structure of the tree. They were...

trying to look through the trees to get another shot of the...

finally on the way down to the grand plaza. Down was a...

Leaving Yaxcilian. All that running and I still was the first one...

on the trip back, part of shore of the Guadamala side

river was swift and rough

more of river

large ceiba tree along the shoreline with lots of spanish moss hanging...

boatman did a real good job of steering us through the rough...

we stopped for lunch in this large wooden frame resturant(?). looking in...

open hearth stove with cement rim holding iron bars that the pans...


Trip to Yaxchilan: Dec 26

I arranged to take a bus tour to Yaxchilan and Bonampak, sites located deep in the mountainous jungle of Chiapas state. The hotel arranged the tour for me and I had to be up and ready by 6:00 a.m. The bus was a large van that had seating for 12 people. It was full. The van came to the hotel and picked me up. We took off in the dark down the road toward Palenque site and continued beyond for 100 miles into the jungle. The road was recently finished and the travel was smooth and good. When it became light enough to see we were high in the mountains with the thick undergrowth hovering at the edge of the roadway seemingly looking for a way to crawl out and engulf it. The clouds had settled in and the morning was gray and damp. We stopped for breakfast at a Mayan café, where they prepared breakfast for us. It was family buffet style and we lined up to dish up our food. This was part of the pre-arranged tour features. We were going to have both breakfast and lunch that day. There were scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, tortillas, fresh fruit, juice, coffee. I was hungry and kind of chilly too. I wrapped my trusty poncho around me and dug into the good food. The kitchen part of the place was filled with women scurrying around preparing food. The building was a typical Mayan hut only bigger. It had a thatched roof and open-air sides on the dining part. The kitchen was enclosed with wooden planks.

We sat at large wooden tables, bunkhouse style with everyone sitting together. The place had a couple of resident parrots. Not friendly enough to touch, without getting your fingers bitten, but friendly enough to talk to without them flying away. I tucked a banana into my bag for later and climbed back into the van to continue to the site of Yaxchilan. We arrived in a small village and continued down to the river edge where the boats were located. We were going to be taken on the last leg of the trip up the Usumacinta River by boat. The boats were long and narrow with bench seats on each side. They were covered with a thatch roof and the boatman ran an outboard motor on the back of the boat. About 10 or 12 of us piled in the boat, while the other van in our party used another boat for their passengers. The trip up the river took about an hour. The boatman gave some information on the river, which was translated by a woman in our group that spoke Spanish. He even found an alligator basking in the winter sun and pulled up close to the shore for us to see. The clouds were yielding to the sun and the rest of the day was pleasantly warm. We arrived at the site and climbed some steep stairs to get to the site. It was amazing. We had only 3 hours so I had to run at break neck speed to take pictures of everything on the way. I didn't have time to explore very much so I would have to rely on the pictures to study later. I was told by Senor Marco where the good spots to see were so I made a bee line up the mountain steps to get to them. The place was set on a hillside and the going was steep and sometimes slippery. I found structure 39, 40 and 41. I climbed down and found the temple plaza of the South Acropolis that had the lintels in the doorways. I had to lie on my back to get the pictures. I did manage to look a little more closely at that temple, but soon the clock ticked away and I had to rush back to the boat. I almost slid down to the main plaza at the beginning of the site. I rushed down the path to the boat and jumped on. Wow! I was the first one on board. I couldn't believe it. Within a few minutes the rest of the group came and we were escorted down the river to the small village where the boats were docked. The tour company then took us to lunch at another Mayan café. This one too, was built out of wooden planks and had a tin roof. The kitchen was interesting and I asked if I could take a picture of the stove (fire pit/grill). The women giggled that I would want a picture. I was careful not to get them in the picture, as they didn't like to have their pictures taken. Lunch was served on a long family style table. We had huge pitchers of Coke, chips and plates of fresh fruit on the table. The women brought out plates from the kitchen with chicken and rice on them for each of us. Everything was excellent. There was not a scrap left over. We all piled back into the van for the short distance we had to ride to the site of Bonampak.

More later, Gay



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