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Aug 7, 2011 - Merida

I spent only one night in Palenque. I went to see the ruins there. My first Maya ruins. They were pretty cool. Currently I am staying at Nomadas Hostal, but they only have dorms available. Yuck! If I can}t get a single tomorrow I am moving. It is hot and humid in there. There are beds for 32 girls plus hammocks. I really am disgusted at that type of communal living at this point. Jump to full entry

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Kia Shnette 2010

Jun 29, 2011 - Merida

Bonjour a tous, Nous voila de retour dans une ville coloniale! Meria, dans la peninsule du Yucatan! Nous avons passer la journe dans des cenotes hier! C;est des grottes dans lequel l;eau est bleu, presque turquoise! Pour se rendre dans ces merveilles de la nature, on a d;abord pris un petit chariot sur rail qui est traine par un cheval! Pendant environ une quinzaine de minutes, on se fait baroueter un peu! Mais cest plutòt agreable comme balade! On a nager dans 3 cenotes differents! Moment de bonheur! Mick ,avec son petit cote temeraire, a...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is easily the most visited and best restored pre Columbian site in the Mayan world. It was quite the amazing tour and pictures don't really do this place justice. The Mayans were actually one of the most advanced of all of the pre Columbian cultures and some of the things that they built boggles the mind. For example, the main temple at Chichen Itza had a really interesting acoustic effect as it seemed capable of amplifying all sounds around it. The most common way to show this was clapping as a single clap could easily be...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Merida

Merida was incredibly hot when I was there so I decided to do one of the half day optionals that included swimming in something called a Cenotes. A Cenotes is basically like an underground cave with water which ended up being quite breathtaking and a great way to escape the heat :-). I have uploaded a few pictures here. The interesting thing about this particular optional was how we ended up getting to these three Cenotes. It started out with an everyday van ride to a remote town outside Merida which took the better part of an hour to get...

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May 15, 2011 - Izamal

papa juan pablo el secundo, (oder johannes paul der 2., wie er bei uns besser bekannt war), besuchte auch dieses malerische kolonialstaedtchen mit seinem ...aehm, sehr gelben "hermanos franciscanos"-kloster. (Franziskaner Orden) ein wichtiger wallfahrtsort fuer mexikaner, und sagen wir mal "marketingtechnisch" ein gewiffter schachzug der katholischen kirche, im bemuehen die separat voneinander lebenden bevoelkerungsgruppen der spanisch-staemmigen mexikaner, und der indigenen -besser zusammen zu bringen. hier wurde kurzerhand die statue...

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May 14, 2011 - Uxmal Maya Ruinen

eine ganz andere architektur als bei den bisherigen mayastaetten. sehr gut erhaltene stukkos, und erstmals zu besichtigen: das von einem deutschen (!) Sprachwissenschaftler entzifferte Glyphen-Alphabet der Maya, in Form gut erhaltener gemeisselter Steintafeln. Ach ja, kurz vor Mittag gings wieder auf die 40 Grad Celsius Marke zu, und wir fluechteten zurueck in den kuehlenden Hotelpool nach Merida.

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May 13, 2011 - Merida

merida, die hauptstadt der region und ein juwel einer spanischen kolonialstadt. abends versammeln sich die leute auf den plazas, bevoelkern die polizeilich abgesperrten strassen, und musizieren und tanzen. ein tolles lebensgefuehl hier und eine wahrlich wunderschoene innenstadt. hier probierten wir zum ersten mal, in einem renomierten, ausschliesslich von maya gefuehrten restaurant, das nationalgericht der maya aus: poc chuc. erinnert teilweise an den oesterreichischen schweinsbraten, sehr entfernt ;-) koestlich war`s jedenfalls.

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May 12, 2011 - Chichen Itza Maya Ruinen

eines der neuen 7 weltwunder, mit recht. beeindruckend thront die hauptpyramide ueber ein extensives ehemaliges stadtgebilde mit den jaguarn geweihten tempeln, wohnhauesern, einem ehem. astronomischen observatorium und den ueblichen fussballfeldern. ja nicht england ist der klassische vater des fussballs. es scheint so, als ob die alten maya eine art fussball kannten, jedoch mit eher ungesunden konsequenzen fuer die verlierer -diese wurden zumeist gekoepft und den goettern geopfert. chichen itza ist beruehmt fuer seine sehr genauen...

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Apr 9, 2011 - from the halls of Montezuma.......

Chichen Itza is one of the great sites of human civilization....it along with Uxmal, Tikal, Palenque is a living testament to the genius of the MAYA carved out of the Yucatan jungle built upon and modified over the centuries. As the pyramids of Egypt developed from the predynastic (prior to 3100B.C. when King Narmer was the first ruler to hold sway over upper and lower Egypt wearing the white crown of upper and the red crown of lower Egypt...) pyramids were adaptations of the mastaba tombs, built one upon the other and being the template...

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Apr 7, 2011 - once there was a way to get back homeward

For my trip to Guatemala it is cheaper and quicker to fly back to the USA! I go to Miami/Fort Lauderdale and stay for 2 nights before heading out to Guatemala on the 14thApril I am booked into a hotel in Antigua from 16th-26th April inclusive for the Semana Santa Holy Week..at the moment i am in the roofed over breakfast room of the Hotel dolores Alba merida..it is after 9pm and it still is well over 32C ...pity they roofed over this area with a metal roof.. it would have been great to see the stars and feel the breeze...unfortunately i can...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Chichen Itza - Under construction

I've now been to several ruins, which are in no short supply, and Chichen Itza is the best by far. This site has been partly restored by archaeologists using the original stones, and it is amazing to see them in their former glory (well, the main pyramid anyway). To get the most out of our experience, we hired a certified tour guide, who gave us a great deal of information. It appears the main reason for Chichen Itza's status as a member of the "seven new wonders of the world", along with the Great Wall of China and The Taj Mahal, is the...

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Chad's Travels

Mar 8, 2011 - Chichen Itza

March 8th Got to sleep a little late as the transport wasn't due until 7:40. I was the only pickup from the hotel, but when I got to the transfer spot... a full bus with 56 people and not an empty seat – I got to sit next to the only other single person there – a woman from Argentina who could speak about as much English as I could Spanish. Not a lot of talking on the bus... As I had feared it was a real cattle drive. The guide was articulate and made some pretty bad jokes, but OK. He tried to sell us any number of items (personalized Mayan...

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