of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and thru 05/04/2010 have been published on the
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2010 #16 05/05/2010
At last update,
we were traveling on a Yucatan adventure in Mexico.
Welcome back to our continuing adventure…
TUESDAY MERIDA, SAN CRISANTO,
In the small village of
San Crisanto, we arranged for a small boat to take us through the mangroves and
canals. At their in-town
office, we purchased tickets for only about $7 for both of us. Following the
guide on his motorcycle, we drove over to the entrance of the Manglares.
Using a pole for propulsion, our boatman slithered us through the
shallow, narrow canals.
A small wooden dock allowed us to get off the boat.
A lovely, clear water cenote provided the perfect opportunity for a
relaxing dip in the crystalline spring.
Nearly driving me crazy, little fishes kept nipping and nibbling on my
arms, legs, and chest hairs.
A gigantic termite nest houses a swarm that was voraciously consuming the
deadwood in this dense jungle setting.
With barely enough room to pass, we glided by another group headed toward
We continued our adventure with a visit to the area’s coastal beaches.
Lots of damages were seen and obviously were the result of various strong
hurricanes that have slammed this area of the Yucatan.
The small coastal village of Telchac Puerto…
The lighthouse at Telchac Puerto…
Remotely located, we visited the little known archaeological site of
Xcambo was an important salt and salted fish distribution center in its
day. It supplied Chichén
and the surrounds, with their wares and products.
Templo de la Cruz…
Immediately after entering the site, we find a16th Century
chapel (La Capilla de La Virgen)
built for the catholic order that arrived after the Spanish Conquest.
Temple of the Cross and chapel…
Templo de la Cruz (Temple of
The Temple of the Little Faces contains small faces made of stucco
Returning to Merida, we saw this Iglesia in one of the towns.
Each time we return to the Hotel Casa Lucia, we marvel at our good
fortune in being here. Our original
reservation period was over and we decided to stay here longer than planned.
Our low-rate reservation tarifa could not be extended, however, I was
able to bargain with the desk manager for an extremely favorable rate by paying
“effectivo” (in cash). We ended
up paying about a third of the posted rate.
Fortunately, the doors to the central Iglesia were open for our viewing.
Located at the side of Parque Santiago, we found a little fonda,
Cafeteria La Villa, which served wonderful food.
Located a few blocks from the main zone, the choices were scrumptiously
delicious and very economically priced. I
especially enjoy their Caldo de Pavo (Turkey Soup).
My beverage choice was Horchata. In
Mexico, horchata is made of rice, sometimes with vanilla and always with
The Iglesia at Plaza Santiago…
Fountain at the Plaza Santiago…
It was with great pleasure that we returned to the Teatro Peon Contreras
for another spectacular evening performance.
We purchase tickets earlier this afternoon for the “Guelaguetza”.
One thing that is nice about the cultural performances is the low ticket
prices. For less than $4 each, we
could enjoy a great event.
The Mexican people have an intense sense of pride in their heritage and
their traditions. The prominence of folkloric dance plays an important role in
preserving and promoting their history and social significance.
The origins of the Guelaguetza are founded in the pre-Hispanic era and
are dedicated to their corn god. The
Guelaguetza centers on traditional
dancing in costumed groups, often of only one sex. Each costume and dance
usually has a local historical and cultural meaning.
The variety of different dances and costuming typified the regional
diversity of life in Mexico during years gone by.
The dances are usually constructed to tell an intricate story relevant to
The dances and traditions of Guelaguetza are more frequently associated
with the Oaxaca region of Mexico. It
is a special treat to be able to see it performed here in Merida.
Folkloric dances are enhanced and highlighted by elegantly colorful
costumes and the use of simple props to embellish the storyline.
In this production, huge, stilted figures towered over the other
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