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Dec 27, 2009 - Uxmal

We decided to try again today to go to Uxmal, so we didn’t dawdle over our breakfast this morning, but said bye to Doggy, and didn’t amble along the road, but rather jumped in the first taxi we could get to the second-class bus station, where Warner was amused by this sign in the bathroom: We were in Uxmal by 1:15 and spent about two hours clambering around the ruins before we were ready to head for the shade, a cool drink, and lunch. The setting of these ruins among trees and shrubs and the plush green grass gave the archaeological zone...

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Feb 21, 2009 - Within walking distance

Departure time - 0730 for guided ruins tour Departure time from campground - 1300 Arrival time - 1700 Distance traveled - 55 miles Staying at - Rainbow Trailer park, Merida Amenities - 15 amp, sewer and water It was up early today so that we could meet our guides, get banded and head into the Uxmal ruins site. Camping out in the parking lot of the ruins site would prove to be very convenient! We try to get the tours in early because by 10am its HOT and HUMID! Little is known of the city’s history, but archeologist can clearly date the chief...

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Feb 20, 2009 - Off the beaten track once again

Departure time - 0730 Arrival time - 1030 Distance traveled - 107 miles Travel expenses - Destination - Uxmal, Yucatan Campground info - dry camping in parking lot of Uxmal ruins site It was a short and fairly uneventful drive today. We left the state of Campeche and entered the state of Yucatan. Our destination for the evening is a dirt parking lot just outside the gates of the Uxmal ruins site which we will be touring first thing in the morning. (it’s too warm to do in the afternoon ) After parking and having a bit of lunch the majority...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Uxmal and the Ruins

Feb. 14 and 15 - From Campeche, our route took us to Uxmal, where we camped in the parking lot os Uxmal Hotel parking lot. Along the way, we stopped at the ancient ruins at Kabah. Kabah is a much smaller Mayan site, but very interesting. This is one of the sites remaining where people can climb on the ruins. We also walked just a little way from the “main” ruins, to see the Mayan arch across the Mayan road to the sea. Some of this site has been reconstructed, but many of the stones with inscriptions are laid out awaiting reassembly. The...

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Feb 10, 2009 - The Real Hacienda

We left Uxmal in a cloud of dust, literally, as all 20 RVs decided to rush out of the parking lot as quickly as they could. We sat on the hotel patio and watched, then leisurely loaded up and headed out. Along the road we found a hacienda. These businesses are spread across this part of Mexico, and functioned as the core around which small villages formed. Their purpose was the cultivation and processing of henequen plants for production of hemp (sisal) ropes and other fibers. They had extensive equipment and employed the majority of the...

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Feb 9, 2009 - Ruins in the Heat

We took a group tour of the ruins at Uxmal early in the morning, to try to escape the heat. It continues to amaze me the extent and size of the work the Mayans did. These ruins are the top of at least 3 levels of construction. In addition, they are precisely arranged to track the sun and the seasons. Finally, many are constructed in exact rectangles, and the sound across the grounds is very clear. As we walked, our Mayan guide shared his philosophy with us, as well. He supports the notion that all cultures have their god, only the name...

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Feb 8, 2009 - To Uxmal

(To those of you wondering where the pictures are, I will put some up shortly. We have only intermittent internet, so uploads are a bit of a problem. I apologize for the delay. I will also build some albums in Facebook when I can.) We rose early, and departed camp before the group, as we wanted to make a stop at a Mayan ruin site along the way. We had received directions from those that had gone yesterday, so felt confident that we could travel independently without a problem. We did find the site without any wrong turns, but then it got...

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Feb 19, 2008 - Uxmal

Took us 3 hours from Chichen Itza to reach Uxmal but it was worth it. So much more peaceful than Chichen Itza with far less tour parties having made the trip. It was almost like we had the whole place to ourselves at times. Uxmal is set in the jungle and has much more to be uncovered. It is about have the size of Coba. We were greeted first by the Magicians Temple/House which had a facade having all the hallmarks of other ruins we had seen ie. the serpent and carvings of Chac Mool the Rain God. Moving into the quadrangle behind the...

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