UPDATE#17 05/06/2010   

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

 UPDATE 2010 #17  05/06/2010

At last update, we were traveling on a Yucatan adventure in Mexico.  Welcome back to our continuing adventure…


     Our plan for the day took us southeast of Merida along the Ruta de Los Conventos and included visits to some of the Yucatan’s lesser-known Mayan archaeological sites.


     Acanceh is a small, peaceful town of a several thousand people. In the center of town, “The Square of Cultures” is a mixture of Mayan, Colonial, and modern architecture. Instead of the usual park found in the center of colonial towns, there is a soccer field. Adjacent to the field, there is a Franciscan church, “Nuestra Senora de la Natividad,” built in the 16th century. On both sides of this there are Mayan pyramids with three terraces and four flights of steps.

     Near the Palace of Stuccos is the former convent and church of the Virgin of Guadalupe…

     The Palace of the Stuccos building has a beautiful frieze, elaborated in stucco. The lower cornice is decorated with astronomical symbols while the upper is composed of two series of step lines in battle style. It contains stylized figures in the lower level and mammals and birds in the upper. The Acanceh architecture belongs to the initial classical period (200-600 a.c), The construction is based around piled blocks of stone and are similar to the type found in Izamal.

     It is quite an effort to climb up on the rough stone structures, especially in this record-breaking heat wave.  Judy is an intrepid champ when it comes to these kinds of adventures.

      Stucco covered figures adorn both sides of a stairway at the top.

     Another pyramidal structure is located behind the Palace.

     "The Square of Cultures" is the town square, which includes prehispanic, colonial, and modern constructions.  The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Natividad was built in the 16th century.  It is a superb example of the Franciscan style widely found in this region.

     The Pyramid, located several blocks away from the others, is a tall, stepped structure consisting of three terraces.  It features four flights of steps that provide access and evidence of two stucco masks.

     Although our guide spoke not a word of English, I was able to garner enough information to make the visit meaningful.  He was knowledgeable and very friendly.  Guide service is mandatory at these sites and only they have the keys to the security gates.


     Church and convent dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption in Tecoh.

     We spotted an unmentioned chapel just off the main road.  There were no signs to tell us the name.  We found it to be quaint yet charming.


     The facade of the Franciscan church in Telchaquillo.

     A staircase in the center of the town park leads to a dim cenote.

     A friendly local resident kindly warned us that it might not be safe to go into the cenote area.  I am not sure if he meant because of slippery conditions or if he was warning us of possible rowdiness or theft from the groups of young people.  Either way, we respected and heeded his friendly input and decided to move on.


     The Mayapan archaeological site is located about 30 miles southeast of Merida. The ruins are dated to the end of the Post Classic Period and are regarded as one of the last Mayan projects.  Archaeologists date the founding of Mayapan by Kukulkan in 1007.  The city did not gain dominance until near the 13th Century and subsequent to the fall of Chichen Itza.  In 1194, Mayapan gained power and capitol status by capturing Chichen Itza and Uxmal, thusly forming the League of Mayapan. 

     Mayapan elevated to become the most important center of the Maya civilization until the advent of the Spanish Conquest.

A uniquely walled city, Mayapan covers more than 2.5 square miles with one central plaza in which the principal buildings are situated.  Few Maya cities were built with surrounding walls indicating instability of relations between Mayapan and its neighboring powers.  Inside its walls and fortifications, as many as 3000 dwellings are believe to inhabit and support a population of nearly 12,000.  The construction and decorative effects at Mayapan are much less ornate than Uxmal and Chichen Itza.  The rulers of Mayapan may have been more focused on security, defence, and warfare than attempting to placate the gods with temples of extravagance.

     Mayapan continued to prosper between 1250 and 1450.  The mid 1400's marked the end of the city when a rebellion overthrew Mayapan and nearly destroyed the city. 

     Except for two student researchers, we had the entire site to ourselves.

     This round temple differs from all other Mayan constructions, although it does have resemblances to the Caracol at Chichen Itza.  The temple has four entrances and may have been significant in the worship their wind god.

     These painted murals remain visible are similar in style to those used during the post classic period. These murals depict scenes of battle and events associated with a death cult.  This may indicate links and tribal relations with others from the high plains of central Mexico.

     Styles and architecture have many resemblances to those of Chichen Itza, although generally on a smaller scale.

     El Castillo de Kukulcán…

     Our quest for adventure continued to include more of the Ruta del Conventos (Route of the Convents).  We attempted to take in as many as we could find of the historical churches and convents located in the region southeast of Merida.

     Welcome to VILLA DE TEKIT, YUCATAN…

     Iglesia San Antonio de Padua in the Villa de Tekit…


       Iglesia de la Asuncion in the Village of MAMA, YUCATAN…


     Chumayel is one of the 106 municipalities that make up the Mexican state of Yucatan. It is located east of the state and approximately 70 miles south of the city of Mérida. Her name is interpreted as "place where the gourd does not burn”.

     Iglesia de Chamayel…


     The name of this municipality, Teabo, in the Mayan language means "your breath." (perhaps, tending more to like the ‘air you breathe’).  The economy is principally based on agricultural cultivation of corn, beans, squash, etc. …

     Iglesia de Teabo…


     The town has an old Franciscan monastery established in 1549, the Parroquia y Exconvento de San Miguel Arcangel.  It was here that Fray Diego de Landa made his “Act of Faith”, when he ordered the burning and destruction of many documents and Mayan statues during the Franciscan movement to convert the indigenous people to Catholicism.

     In this one day, we had seen a lot, walked a lot, climbed a lot, and got tired and hot a lot.  We headed back to Merida for R & R.


     Late in the afternoon, we returned to our Hotel Casa Lucia in Merida.  During our stays in Merida, we ate dinner at this restaurant, El Trapiche, on several occasions.  We enjoyed the food preparations and the prices were economical. 

     In the evening, we attended a voice recital at the Centro Cultural Olimpo.  The modernized interior of the auditorium is a venue for frequent musical and cultural events.  The Centro is located in a northern corner near the Plaza Grande.

     On the street near our hotel, a group was performing folkloric dances in the Plaza Lucia.

     This gal performed some vocal songs, accompanied by the orchestral band.  Her voice was very delightful and her festive costume was impressive.

     Again tonight, the streets become outdoor cafes and restaurants.  This one, the Café Peon Contreras, generally features live music.

     Across the way on Calle 60, the patrons of La Bella Epoca restaurant and café can enjoy fine dining and music. 

     Anyone for a horse-drawn carriage ride?

     Tired from a long day of exploration and adventure, we welcomed the comforts of our Hotel Casa Lucia.  Having the amenity of a secure parking area for our rented car provided an extra benefit.

     Our Yucatan based adventures will continue in the next update edition.




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Fred Reed and Judy Law



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