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Mar 2, 2013 - Lost Cities

Please click here for offsite December 21, 2012 Well... it was the day the Mayans predicted the world would end, or so we thought!! It was this same day we left SFO to travel to the Yucatan peninsula, our holiday this year was an expedition to see the less visited but very impressive Mayan ruins including Chichen Itza, made popular by all tour groups. We arrived at Merida, and like everyone else were very pleased to note that the world in fact had not ended. Our guide Dan Griffin, an archeologist specializing in Mayan ruins picked us up at...

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Kilimanjaro

Dec 18, 2012 - Another world

Uxmal ruins were an optional side trip that I was glad I took. While there are other buildings within the Uxmal complex, it is dominated by the Temple of the Wizard which according to legend was built in one night. The Temple of the Wizard is an oval temple, the only one known to exist in the Mayan world, and has three distinct periods of building. The complex was also built on a number of platforms which meant that I definately did my 10,000 steps for the day. The Mayan were definately fit people. We also stayed for a light show which was...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Dec 17, 2012 - Introduction to the Mayan world

Wow! What an introduction to the Mayan world. Chichen Itza was the first stop on my Mayan Discovery tour and as well as the famous calendar pyramid , it holds ruins from the pre classic, classic and post classic Mayan eras. Unfortunately the day was cloudy and the photos not that great but the guide was well informed explaining the significance of the calandar pyramid including the fact that there are infact 365 steps (91 on each side and the top platform). Chichen Itza also has one of the biggest ball courts in the Mayan world and the...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Nov 19, 2012 - Merida, a horse and underground rivers

I decided to explore Merida and take photos of some of the beautiful architecture before all the people filled the streets. You would think 6:30 am would be a good time? Not on parade day. I happened upon the city square many young men in matching shirts were lining the streets holding ropes to cordon them off. A band was setting up and police officers were everywhere. A man was announcing something from the government building and I caught enough to realize they were celebrating something to do with the military. I watched a beautiful...

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Nov 18, 2012 - Chichen Itza, ruins and cenotes

Partiers in the next room kept us up despite our use of ear plugs. At 2:30 am when I called front desk to complain, I was told it would be okay as there was a group on a late flight checking in. Duh, I don't think all that yelling had anything to do with just “settling in” but whatever. I was sorely tempted to bang on their door at 6 am but ….I restrained myself. Hehe We met a couple of the others for breakfast at a restaurant down the street, came back and checked out, loaded up in taxis and headed to the bus station. Mexican buses are...

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Oct 22, 2012 - Valladolid and Chichen Itza ruins

Photos to add when I can edit it from the pc Public transport workers dream! So many buses! I love the bus! Valladolid is a brill, industrious, sweet little town and close to chichen Itza which were Mayan magic amazeballs. Blooming hot and I wish I had a bigger bag so I can buy all the hand whittled tat I've seen. Big dogs breakdown.... Valladolid/chichen Itza: shabby but colourful, still sticky. Cool ruins. ( the Mayans will be overjoyed to hear you say so)

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Dec 24, 2011 - Navidad en casa de Fernando Solís

Cena en casa de Fernando con Adriana, Gilda y sus hijos, así como con Arturo, prometido de Ana Laura. En la foto todos los primos: Ricardo, Gerardo, Valentina, Ana Laura, Felipe, Ryuzo Augusto, Arturo y Fernando (en representación de su hijo Fernando)

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MIS NOTAS DE VIAJE

Dec 22, 2011 - Mérida

Jueves 22. Ryuzo y Felipe llegaron a Mérida a medio día. Adriana, Gilda y Valentina pasaron por ellos y los llevaron al Centro. Intentaron un restaurante para cenar que no les gustó, así que terminaron en Los Trompos del Centro y luego los llevaron al hotel (Vila Mercedes, Presidente Intercontinental en Av. Colón y Calle 60) Yo llegué en la noche, a desempacar y dormir. Viernes 23. Despertamos tarde, comimos el buffet de desayuno del hotel (nos llamó la atención el brazo de reina, un tamal con pollo y hoja de chaya y los negritos, unas...

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MIS NOTAS DE VIAJE

Dec 10, 2011 - Back in Merida

Feeling better but had to move on and keep to my schedule. Sad to miss out on finding the Pygmy Kingfisher. I have some spare time at the end of my trip and might go back to Celestun again. Had to go back to Merida to get a bus to the village of Santa Elena. Got up at 3:30 a.m. to catch the 5 a.m bus to get to Merida in time to catch the 9 a.m bus to Santa Elena.

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Find Tom 4

Nov 29, 2011 - Valladolid

We have retraced our steps a little to the south and are now at the city of Valladolid. We were here before for one hour to change busses on the way north to Rio Lagartos from Tulum. We took a colectivo from Rio Lagartos to the town of Tizimin. If you don’t have much luggage you could walk to the bus station but the colectivo will pick you up at your hotel and costs only a little more than the bus. There are no taxis in Rio Lagartos. From Tizimin we took a bus to Valladolid. We will be here for four days. We are staying at Hotel Tunich...

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Find Tom 4

Nov 22, 2011 - Rio Lagartos

Today we moved to Rio Lagartos in the north of the peninsula. It was not a fun day. The first bus out of Tulum going north left at 9 a.m. We got up early and were at the bus station before 8 a.m. only to discover that space on the bus was already sold out. We had to wait 4.5 hours for the next bus. There is no direct bus to Rio Lagartos. Therefore we had to get off at a city called Valladolid and change busses. We arrived in Valladolid just as our next bus was leaving. We had less than five minutes to get off the bus, get our luggage, use...

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Find Tom 4

Aug 10, 2011 - Merida 2

What can one say about Merida. Well the heat is unbearable. Last night I was fonally able to fall asleep when I moved from the bed to the hammock, as everywhere my body touched the sheets was just covered with sweat. I also had to drencg my pajamas in water until I finally fell asleep about 2 am. Yesterday I went to Chichen Itza Mexicoçs most famour and over rated archeological sote. It is noce, but mot more so than other sights that I have visited. If course though it is more than 3 times the price and hassle of the other sights as well. I...

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Kia Shnette 2010

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