Last week I returned from a 2 week journey with National Geographic thru the Mayan ruins.. we started in Merida, Mexico.. and ended outside of Tikal, Guatamala. Our main guide was the leading archeologist of the region.. Richard Hansen, a true Indiana Jones. This is part 1, cause out of the zillion photos I took, its too hard to select only a few... and I will need another nap before I would be able to post them all:)
WE met up in Merida...a lovely city,,, and our first day out with the group.. (there were 13 of us) went to Uxmal...
the main temple:
I think one of the coolest things about Uxmal is the amount of carvings that have survived over the years... of course, this is one of the newest/youngest Mayan cities:)
and iguanas everywhere:
the view from atop one of the temples looking across the city:
after spending a good portion of the day at Uxmal, our bus headed out of town, and got as far as it could go,,passing this lovely church:
then we loaded up into the back of this truck:
and headed down road farther to a cenote for lunch and a swim:
a few Mayan ladies made us lunch....
and leave it to Nat Geo to turn the middle of nowhere into a 5 star restaurant:)
and after lunch, it was a 'go down into this hole on a very rickety sairway, and go for a swim in the cenote... the large cenote... which felt just wonderful after being out in the sun all day!
our next day out was to Chi Chen Itza... where you enter thru 100's of columns..
the main temple
love the serpent heads... they are everywhere here!
and more iguanas...
(and it turned out that part of lunch yesterday consisted of iguana tamales!!)
and the famous 'observatory'.. which may not be an observatory...
then off to another lunch.. this time at a hacienda..
ok.. check out the women's restroom!!!!! yes it is open to the outside:)