Wednesday, May 18, 2005

More Temples

Katie headed back to Boston and I hopped on a bus going north to Mexico. The Mayan temples in Tulum are very photogenic but not in the same league as Tikal.

I was a bit disappointed by the beach paradise in Tulum - it was quiet when I was there and the cabanas were expensive, dirty and hot (I'll take any 2). Might have been a different experience in a group, but I didn't find the other travellers there particularly open. So onwards....

A quick stop in friendly Valladolid, and a swim in some of its ceynotes - caves containing underground pools, some of which have roots from trees above reaching down 50' to sip at the water.

The thing I liked the most about Chichen Itza was the detail of the carvings on the buildings that are still evident. Unfortunately, you cant explore the ruins as freely as at other sites. There is an observatory here that is aligned to the rise of certain stars at particular times of the year - I'm curious to find out more about the astronomical insights of the Mayans, but that seemed beyond what most of the local guides could provide.

Palenque has more of the feel of Tikal, surrounded by jungle, and I enjoyed clambering around inside the tunnels and rooms inside the structures trying to imagine the flow of life along the same stones 1500 years ago.


Sarah said...

Sounds fun. Is your mind expanding yet?

Saturday, May 21, 2005 7:26:51 PM  

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