Two months in Mexico travel blog

inside the entrance is a spider monkey compound. They are sitting on...

three or four of the monkeys had small babies. Sorry, hard to...

Did you know that a beak of a pelican can hold as...

patio and walkways made with small stones set end side up in...

The famous flying space man is really a priest with a bag...

model of La Venta site shows illustrated samples, this was a underground...

model of tomb offering. Original in Museum in M. C. Twelve figures...

cutaway model shows wealth of green stone burried in layers topped with...

Cistern drain catcher or water holder with side view of drainage tile...

extent of area the olemea culture reached in Mexico with trading goods

dislplay case with axe heads made of stone. Some are a foot...

This little sweetie was a bird with long tail. she was so...

She was so sweet. (I miss my chickens) sigh!

Jaguars. I didn't pet them. These are in the front park of...

start of Olemeca stone scuptures. This one is called the walker

The grandmother making an offering. About five feet high

replica of green stone mosaic, under it was the buried stone shown...

Termite nest deep in the shade of the trees. Real by the...

replica of tomb made from basalt columns. This was buried under ground

same basalt columns used in the landscape of the parque garden trails

Olemeca head (huge, about 8 ft. high)

coati mundi, (like a racoon) lives in parque can be vicious if...

holy man sitting in front of cave, (emerging from the womb of...

another altar with priest in cave of mother earth. other side pics...

Olemecas with children, not sure if protecting or sacrificing them

olmeca priest with cape and jaguar headdress

back view of olemec priest with cape and clefted headdress

supposed to be a jaguar sculpture with claw marks on side. Not...

must be siesta time.

jaguars in compound. they are real

close up zoomed through glass (flash made it fade)

same jaguar different shot. life must be good.

altar with olmeca figure with jaguar facial features

priest in cave. Remember this one, I am going to talk alot...

There are several figures and birds carved here. have to look up...

same statue, side view

only a couple of these heads are here in the park, the...

right side of head

looking through trees on the path to the next stella sculpture

stella of man holding staff with serpent on it

woman. This has a special meaning, have to look it up

ceiba tree, upper branches

base of Ceiba tree. The largest one of these is in Oaxaca...

the parque sets on the river bank. some vendors are set up...

altar with priest in cave. left side has figure in conversation or...


La Venta Parque:

I took a taxi to La Venta Parque. It sits along the river that makes several land masses almost islands. It is very close to the Gulf of Mexico. When I bought my ticket at the main gate and pushed the turnstile it was just like entering some of the entrances to zoos in the US. On the other side was like stepping into the jungle. The first area had spider monkeys in an enclosed pit. They all sat on the roof of their little house and chattered. Next from the monkeys were a couple of pelicans. I was really taken by the construction of the cement walkway area that had small stones embedded into it. It was really pretty. I walked around the rest of the zoo area, which had jaguars and other small native animals. One was a small spotted cat that shrieked and was very mean. The exhibits were well maintained and all the walkways were clean and well swept. They had a large bird enclosure that you could enter and see the birds up close. That is where the little black hen was. I never found out what she was. I continued beyond the animal houses and went through the museum area. The displays were interesting and I was able to get pictures of most of the things there. They had a pretty good layout and explanation of the Olmec culture. From there I started on the trail that houses the many statues. The man that designed and built the parque in the 1930's was a man of true vision. The stone statues had to be brought from the site of La Venta to the parque area. He did this to protect them from the oil industry and the decay caused by the chemicals. Truly the parque was beautiful. The path ran along a tree and bush filled area and the statues were arranged in clearings along the way. The trees and bushes were planted to show the native species. There were Coati Mundi (an animal similar to a raccoon) running wild and would attack if they smelled any food on you they wanted for their lunch. I had a map of the grounds and was able to follow along in English as all the signs were in Spanish. I was taking my time and several times other tour lead groups passed me by. I was able to stand on the fringes and listen to what they had to say. It was interesting to note that each tour guide had his own slant on the history that didn't always hold true to things I had studied in books. The picture I mentioned in particular the guide was saying the figure had a rope on prisoners. I know that is not right. It has to do with the holy man emerging from the cave (or womb of Mother Earth) and the rope he is holding is the umbilical cord (or milky way) that connects the earth to the Galactic center of the Universe. I didn't interfere I just listened enough then wandered down the path and left them to their group. A number of the statues were so badly worn I couldn't make any of the features out. It was helpful to have the guide explain what was carved and that helped me identify the piece. Some of them I didn't take pictures of, as it was pointless. Further in the back of the parque was an enclosure of jaguars. They were magnificent. They had a swamp of alligators and several suspended bridges over the terrain. I came out close to the center of the park by the zoo where they had a huge Ceiba tree planted. Even though the pictures says the largest is in Oaxaca called El Tule that is not right. The one in Oaxaca is a type of Cedar tree. Sorry. When I was ready to go I asked some girls where I could find the Combi taxi to take me back to the hotel. They spoke some English and told me they were going right by there and would show me. I jumped into the taxi with them and they took me to the bus stand. I took a combi back to the hotel and wandered around the area by the hotel that evening. Tomorrow it will be Comalcalco site about an hour away. Later Gay



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