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Feb 15, 2010 - Chichen Itza/Piste via Coba ruins & Valladolid - PICS NEED LABELS

Lft Tulum 9am via colectivo to bus (Coba ruins), then on to Valladolid (ADO) then another colectivo 2 pm to Piste (near Chichenitsa ruins). Arr Pasada Olalde 2:45, nice driver dropped us at the door. Then to find out the rooms are now 300p, much more than LP said! Bon hesitates, man who speaks English says,"You want cheaper? How about 250p?" Bon, "Same room?" A bit taken aback. "Oh yes!" Could have knocked me over w/ a feather...this is the 1st time in all of MX when we questioned the price (which, because prices are high, we've done...

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Feb 9, 2010 - Merida via Labna, Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah, & Uxmal - pics need labels

Today we went out w/ packs to the highway in front of The Pickled Onion (where we stayed) and flagged down 'The Ruta' tour bus which passes by at 9:30! For 50p ($4 US) the bus goes to Labna, Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah, & Uxmal...a speedy package out of Merida! See pics. Labna Info Xlapak Info Sayil Info Kabah Info Uxmal Info We originally thought that 30 min. each site would be fine and 2 hours at Uxmal might be short which would mean catching a later bus into Merida. As it turned out we could have used more time in Kabah because it's so spread...

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Feb 8, 2010 - Santa Elena - pics need labels, needs journal entry

Got up to get 2nd class tickets (Terminal Sur) for noon bus to Santa Elena near Uxmal (tomorrow). Went on a long walk along the malecon...nice breezes but all cement, no sand, little shade. Got to bus station by 11:30 and wonderful NOT listening to DVD movies in Spanish on the bus! The countryside is rural Indian, tho now lots of land irrigated (red soil just like Africa). Apparently, young Indians don't want to work like their fathers/grandfathers and instead head for the States or big cities instead we hear. Same the world over! FNeat...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Chichen Itza

Hi Everyone, As you can see we have revelled in the pyramid section of our trip. I think my favouritesite is Palenque as our guide really emphasised how exciting it must have been for those beginning to discover the wonderful discoveries we can now see an infinitesimal bite of. He took us for a walk into the forest and it is amazing hoe these temples really just look like hills covered in vegetation. Then suddenly you see an entrance or a wall and realise there is a building that later turns out to be an immense temple. Uxmal was much less...

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Jan 23, 2010 - Chichen Itza, You And I Know...

Merdia is a pear: by this, I mean that it doesn’t have the energy, goodness or damn right superiority of a banana, not does it have the juicy succulence of a peach, or even the “fill a hole” mentality of an apple or an orange. It’s just a pear, which is certainly not an insult, but, other than being a hilarious line that I use on Georgie when she’s in the vicinity of a fruit bowl “oh what a lovely pair”, a pear is a perfectly tasty piece of fruit but will never make it into the premier league of fruit, or be the only thing one remembers...

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Operation Badger

Dec 28, 2009 - Izamal

Izamal The last day trip we did from Progreso was to the town of Izamal. It was, and still is a very important religious site to the Mayan people. They have been making pilgrimages here since about 1000 BC. It is the site of one of the Yucatán's largest pyramid structures, covering over 2 acres. There used to be a sacred temple here, home of one of the Sun gods, but when the Catholics arrived, they enslaved the people, and made them disassemble the temple, and build a Catholic church on the site. Itzam Na, the Mayan god of healing and...

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Dec 28, 2009 - Celestun

One of the day-trips I most wanted to take from Merida was to the natural reserve of Celestun, which is famous as a site where flamingoes go. I booked a tour with “Ecoturismo Yucatan” which seems to have been bought by Turitransmerida. This was our first packaged tour and after yesterday’s traveling experiences, we were looking forward to being taken from door to door and pampered the whole way. We got in our van at 9:00 am, picked up 11 other guests and headed off to Celestun. Our guide, Braulio (he told us we could call him Mel Gibson if...

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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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Dec 26, 2009 - Around Merida

Today we decided to tool around Merida. Our first stop was the municipal market, where I had read that you could get the best cochinita pibil, which had become my new food obsession since we tried it at Hacienda Ochil. The market was congested, fragrant, and cacophonous; even the sidewalks on the way there were difficult to navigate. We hunted down some cochinita pibil – although the method was unconventional. We went to a stand that seemed to have it piled up and had a sign that read “cochinita pibil.” The woman running it asked “tortas?...

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Dec 26, 2009 - Dzibilchaltún

Dzibilchaltún On boxing day, we jumped on the bike and went to nearby Mayan ruins at Dzibilchaltún (it means “place where there is writing on stones” in Mayan)- try saying- tzee-beel-chahl-TOON. Following the ever good advise of Ray and Sherry, we hired a guide to take us through the ruins. He was very knowledgeable about the area, and had lots of pictures of the place taken during the spring and fall equinoxes. As is common in Mayan communities, this place is laid out with strict reference to the sun. The main east/west sak be (road) of...

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Dec 25, 2009 - Christmas Day - Merida and Hacienda Ochil

After a leisurely breakfast with the other hotel guests at Casa Ana, we headed off to the second class bus station in hopes of going to Uxmal. The walk there was our best walking experience yet in this town, as the streets were utterly abandoned and peaceful. The only vehicles that went racing past us were buses. We ambled along, taking photos as we went , stopped for a coffee and a plate of chilaquiles at the 24-hour Café Habana, and finally arrived at the bus station only to find that we were too late to get a bus to Uxmal. After...

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Dec 25, 2009 - lekker lui

Hallo iedereen, Vandaag is het een dag lekker niets doen. Nog even naar het strand in Progreso, onze laatste dag aan zee van de reis. Meer dan een boekje lezen en een cocktail drinken zit er vandaag niet in...er staat een frisse zeebries. We sluiten af met een korte wandeling en eten een "pannenkoek met choco" (of het Mexicaanse equivalent daarvan). We keren terug naar Merida en vertekken naar de luchthaven want om 18u20 hebben we een binnenvlucht naar Toluca. De vlucht verloopt perfect en iets over acht komen we aan in een killig Toluca....

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