UPDATE#14 05/02 PART B thru 05/03   

Howdy Everybody,

The adventures of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and thru 05/02/2010 PART 1 have been published on the website.  We continue with the latest edition.

 UPDATE 2010 #14  05/02/10 PART 2 thru 05/03/2010

At last update, we were traveling on a Yucatan adventure in Mexico.  Welcome back to our continuing adventure around the PUUC Region, located in the western State of Yucatan, Mexico…  We pick with PART 2 in this update edition.



     Our day’s activities continue from the archaeological site at LABNA.  Depicted below is the Principal Palace.

       From the Labna archaeological site, we drove further south to visit the Cave of Loltun.


     This cave system is one of the most extensive in all Mexico. Inside the Caves of Loltún, there has been evidence found that confirms ancient human occupation, including such as recovered bones of mammoth, bison, cats, and horse remains. On the walls you can observe natural formations and paintings, hand painted, using a technique to representations negative human face images that are painted on the walls, sculptural representations, representations of animals and various geometric shapes.  A variety of ancient tools have also been recovered from the underground caves.

Evidence indicates that the prehispanic Maya used the cave as shelter and extracted clay to make tools.  It is generally believed that occupation in Loltún goes back more than 10,000 years.

     All visitors are required to be included in a group tour.  The guide gives the oral presentation in Spanish only.

     Exploration of this cave, like most others, requires a lot of walking, climbing, and squeezing through small passages.

     Judy Law and Fred Reed at the Grutas de Loltun (Loltun Caves)…

      After leaving the caves, we drove to the village of Ticul in search of accommodations for the night. 

     The area is typically represented in structures made of its famed red clay.  This central fountain features “dos manos” (two hands) reaching upward.

     Having found an inexpensive place to stay, the Hotel San Antonio, we drove back to the archaeological site at UXMAL for the light and sound show presentation.


UXMAL at NIGHT; A light and sound show.

     A sizeable crowd of visitors assembled at provided chairs on one side of the Nunnery Quadrangle.  The Temple of the Magician illuminated with continuously changing colored lights.  Music, as well as a recorded explanation in Spanish, emitted from a loudspeaker system.

     The temples of the Nunnery complex were likewise illuminated.

     Laser effects highlighted the outline of the frieze.  The serpent representations were clearly evident.

     The 20-mile drive back to our hotel in Ticul was very dark and via remote, well-paved back roads.  The downtown area was hopping with people attending a concert and festival sponsored by one of the local political candidates.  Throughout Mexico, it is commonplace for politicians to hold these type of events.


05/03/2010  MONDAY  TICUL to MERIDA

     The Hotel San Antonio in central Ticul…

     Across the street and in the center of town, we visited the park and the historic church.  The Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua is of Franciscan origins and dates from the late 16th Century.

     Our journey continued back to the Yucatan Capitol City of Merida.


     We had made reservations for the Hotel Aragon using Hotels.com.  Upon arrival, we were advised that, although they did have our reservations, they did not have availability for our stay.  They informed us that they would relocate us to one of their sister properties.  A first, we were skeptical and wondered what would be in store for us.  Having followed the given directions, we looked over the Hotel Casa Lucia. 

     WOW!!!   What a tremendous surprise and obvious upgrade for us.  The boutique hotel was absolutely gorgeous.  Our prepaid, guaranteed rate stayed valid and we were delighted.

     Our room was quietly situated at the end of the second level.

     Huge smiles overtook our faces when we saw the obvious luxury of the accommodations.

     Our balcony view overlooked the pretty pool area and courtyard grounds…

     The large shower area was wonderful…

     The decorative lobby reached into the café and on out to the main street entryway….

     Only a short walk from our hotel, numerous historical colonial buildings surround the PLAZA GRANDE (central park) in the city center.

     A lovely statue commemorating motherhood…

     An old colonial building has been restored and serves an upscale restaurant, La Bella Epoca.  On many evenings, the street is closed off and the restaurant seats customers in outdoor café style.

     LA PLAZA GRANDE (central park)…

     El Palacio Municipal (city hall)…

     As viewed across the Plaza Grande, one of Mexico’s oldest churches, the Catedral de San Ildefonso...  Built on the former site of a Mayan temple, the Jesuit construction began in 1561 and continued until 1598.  For four decades, hundreds of Mayan laborers and artisans endeavored to build the new cathedral using many of the stones and materials derived from their ancestor’s former temple.

      Known as the Casa de Montejo, and currently housing a bank, this building dates from 1549. 

       The former Archbishop’s Palace currently houses a museum, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Yucatan.

     The Catedral de San Ildefonso…

     In a passageway near the center, these huge bronze statues are part of the contemporary arts display.

     In the courtyard area of the Hotel Casa Lucia, the decorative fountains and landscaping is relaxingly wonderful.

      The Paseo de Montejo was constructed to mimic characteristics of the famous boulevards of France’s Champs Elysees and Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma.  At one end, a large monument is situated on a glorietta (traffic circle).  It is across town from our hotel, so we had to take the car.

     The paseo is lined with magnificent colonial buildings of 19th Century design.

     In the evening, a typically Yucatan tradition of folkloric dance graced the portals of the Palacio Municipal.

     The traditional garb of the Meridianos is stunningly elegant and beautifully designed for the Yucatan heat.  Intricate embroidery designs decorate the womens’ festive and celebratory dress.

     I just can’t resist the beauty of these lovely gals…

     Within the central park grounds, these artists create their works of art using masking templates and spray paint.

     Our Yucatan adventures will continue in the next update publication…




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Fred Reed and Judy Law



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