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Mexico 2016 (part 2)

                            27 Feb. Frontera Corozal - Yaxchilán - Palenque
                            28 Feb. Palenque - Misol-Ha waterfalls
                            29 Feb. Palenque - Uxmal - Merida
                            01 Mar. Merida - Chichén Itzá - Playa del Carmen
                            02 Mar. Playa del Carmen
                            03 Mar. Playa del Carmen - Tulum
                            04 Mar. Playa del Carmen - Cancún
                            04 Mar. flights Cancún - Washington, Washington - Amsterdam
                            05 Mar. Arrival Amsterdam


An ancient Maya city located in the jungle on the bank of the Usumacinta River.
In the Late Classic Period Yaxchilan was one of the most powerful Maya states.
It was a rival of Palenque, with which Yaxchilan warred in 654.

The site is particularly known for its well-preserved sculptured
stone lintels set above the doorways of the main structures.

El labarinto

Building 16

Main Plaza

Building 6

Building 33

Mister Travel in the jungle

Border formalities

Bus for the second part in Mexico

The balloons are for the birthday of our Dutch guide

Hotel La Aldea de Halach near Palenque

My cabin

Enchiladas palencanas

Temple of the Inscriptions.

Palenque was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century.
The Palenque ruins date from ca. 226 BC to ca. AD 799. After its decline, it was
absorbed into the jungle.

Palenque is a medium-sized site, much smaller than such huge sites as Tikal, Chichen
Itza, or Copán, but it contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb
and bas-relief carvings that the Mayas produced.

The most famous ruler of Palenque was K'inich Janaab Pakal, or Pacal the Great, whose
tomb has been found and excavated in the Temple of the Inscriptions.

By 2005 it is estimated that less than 10% of the total area of the city is explored,
leaving more than a thousand structures still covered by jungle.


El Palacio

Templo de la Cruz

Listening to the local guide Francico

Templo de la Cruz (right side)

El Palacio

Exit Palenque

Little daughter of a young street seller


Lunch and breakfast from Chedraui in Palenque

Misol-Ha waterfalls, 30 kilometers south-west of Palenque.

There's a trail behind the waterfall to a smaller waterfall inside a cave.

Pasta primavera for lunch

Mural at the entrance of Uxmal

Uxmal is located in the Puuc region of Mexico and was one of the largest cities on the
Yucatán Peninsula. At its height, Uxmal was home to about 25,000 Maya. Like other Puuc
sites, the city flourished from 600-1000 AD, with the great building period taking place
between 700 and 1000 AD.

The Pyramid of the Magician

Quadrangle of the birds

Nunnery Quadrangle


Image from the The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

The rules of are not known, but judging from its descendant, they were probably
similar to racquetball, where the aim is to keep the ball in play. The stone
ballcourt goals are a late addition to the game.

In the most common theory of the game, the players struck the ball with their
hips, although some versions allowed the use of forearms, rackets, bats, or
handstones. The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed as much as 4 kg.

The game had important ritual aspects, and major formal ballgames were held
as ritual events.

House of the turtles

Governor's Palace

Two-headed jaguar throne

Governor's Palace

Men´s toilet

Catedral de Mérida (left)
and Palacio Municipal de Mérida (right)
along Plaza de la independencia

Catedral de Mérida

Government Palace

Diego de Landa

The well-known infamous Franciscan friar (then bishop) who lived during
the Spanish colonization endeavors of the 1500s. He is remembered for his inhuman actions
towards the Maya as well as his appreciation and recording of the Maya culture.

Entree for dinner in Mérida

Chichen Itza

A large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period.

It was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from
the Late Classic (c. AD 600-900) through into the early portion of
the Postclassic period (c. AD 900-1200).
The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles
seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands.

Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of
the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature.
city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could
have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.

El Castillo

Also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, is a Mesoamerican step-pyramid

The pyramid consists of a series of square terraces with stairways up each of the
four sides to the temple on top. Sculptures of plumed serpents run down the sides
of the northern balustrade. During the spring and autumn equinoxes,
the late afternoon sun strikes off the northwest corner of the pyramid and casts
a series of triangular shadows against the northwest balustrade, creating the
illusion of a feathered serpent "crawling" down the pyramid.

Each of the pyramid's four sides has 91 steps which, when added together and
including the temple platform on top as the final "step", produces
a total of 365 steps (which is equal to the number of days of the year).

Platform of Venus

Temple of Skulls

Temple of Jaguars

Ball court

Ball court

Japanese girls visiting Chichén Itzá

Temple of the Warriors

Group of the Thousand Columns

Tomb of the High Priest

The Observatory

Edificio de las Monjas
(Edifice of the Nuns)

Chichén Itzá has many souvenir sellers

Sacred Cenote
(Well of Sacrifice)

Cenote Ik kil near Chichén Itzá

Playa Del Carmen Hotel

O, that´s me!

Tulum Ruinas

Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá.
The ruins are situated on 12-meter tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán
Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

It was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive
about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico.

Great Palace

Quiet beach just south of the Tulum ruinas

Back in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen beach

Murals at the courtyard of Playa del Carmen town hall

Having a nice last evening in Mexico

Boarding cards for the flights back home

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