05/07 TO 05/09
of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and thru 05/06/2010 have been published on the
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2010 #18 05/07/2010 to 05/09/2010
At last update,
we were traveling on a Yucatan adventure in Mexico.
Welcome back to our continuing adventure…
Our day started out in the city of Merida.
Again today, the weather was beautiful, except for the very hot
conditions that have been reaching levels well above normal.
University of the Yucatan in central Merida…
The Palacio de Municipal, fronting to the Plaza Grande…
Former residence of the Montejo family, Casa de Montejo…
A pharmacy and shops now occupy this historic building that faces the
Offices of the State of Yucatan government…
Side view of the Teatro Peon Contreras…
Hotel Casa Lucia…
Templo de San Martín (época colonial).
Municipal offices and city hall at Tixpehual, Yucatan…
Teatro Peon Contreras… Once
again, this beautiful venue provided an excellent program.
XIII Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: Programa 9
Tonight, we thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful Yucatan Symphony Orchestra
Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Merida
Berislav Skenderovic, Director Huesped. (guest director)
Luis Mora, Clarinete
SATURDAY MERIDA to IZAMAL to
Knowing that we would be leaving this wonderful city of Merida this
morning, I was up early and out to catch a few last minutes of the beauty
surrounding the Plaza Grande in the center of the historical district.
We drove eastward to the City of Izamal.
Izamal is often called the “Ciudad Amarillo” (Yellow City) because of
the large number of yellow painted buildings.
Fray Diego de Landa, 16th Century Franciscan religious leader…
Shops fill the arches of the Portales that surround the area of the
After the Spanish conquest of Yucatán in the 16th century, a
Spanish colonial city was founded atop the existing Maya one, however, it was
decided that it would take a prohibitive task to level the two huge Mayan
structures and so the Spanish contented themselves with placing a small
Christian temple atop the great pyramid and building a large Franciscan
Monastery atop the acropolis. It was named after San Antonio de Padua.
Monastery of San Antonio de Padua…
Completed in 1561, the atrium of the Monastery was second in size only to
that at the Vatican.
Much of the cut stone from the Pre-Columbian city was reused to build the
Spanish churches, monastery, and surrounding buildings.
The colonial feel is enhanced by numerous horse-drawn carriages.
The remnants of the ancient, pre-hispanic
Mayan pyramids still exist near the city center.
As most of you know, Judy owned pizza restaurants.
We took special note of this one since her initials are JAO.
We just figured that this was a Spanish translation resulting in JOA.
Arriving back in Vallodolid, we headed straight for the Casa de
Candelaria guesthouse. Our previous stay here was enjoyed and we felt fortunate that
they had a good room available for us.
The rooms here are very simple but very clean.
This room had a very unusual metal guard placed under the ceiling fan.
The room was set up for four people.
Being just the two of us, we used the other beds for our stuff.
Part of downtown Valladolid…
A pillar and iron fence surrounds the park area at the cathedral…
Cathedral of San Gervasio, Valladolid…
Judy found an empty hammock in the garden courtyard of our guesthouse…
The Cathedral of San
Gervasio illuminated at night…
SUNDAY VALLADOLID to DZITNUP to COBA to VALLADOLID
The guesthouse owners had an unusual idea to keep their Chihuahua from
scratching himself. A yogurt container was fitted like a kind of muzzle.
I don’t think the pup enjoyed it very much.
The Yucatán Peninsula is a porous limestone shelf with no visible
rivers; all the fresh water rivers are underground. Being porous, caverns and
caves formed where the fresh water collects – hence the cenotes or water
Located just 5 miles from Vallodolid at Dzitnup, we visited the
areas largest cenote, X-Kekem.
We arrived quite early in the morning, so, after climbing down the stone
stairs to the underground cavern, it was just us and the bats.
We had hoped to take a swim in the cool, clear spring waters, however,
the water level was unusually low and we thought it might be too hazardous and
slippery to get in over the edge rocks. We
were surprised at how much lower the water was than last time we visited here
some years ago.
Anyway, it was fun climbing around the cave and looking at the
Up and out, without even getting wet…
EX-CONVENTO DE SAN BERNARDINO DE
It is called "Sisal" to the Valladolid locals, but is better
known as the Monastery of Saint Bernardino of Siena.
With our bags packed and loaded into the rental car, we headed east and
southeast toward the coast.
About halfway between Valladolid and the eastern coast, we visited the
archaeological site of Coba.
Cobá was first settled between 100 BC and 100 AD. After 100 AD, the area
around Coba evidenced significant population growth, ultimately transforming
Coba one of the biggest, most powerful city states in the Yucatan peninsular.
Between 200 and 600 AD, Coba dominated a vast area, including northern Quintana
Roo and eastern regions of the Yucatan State. This power was due to the control
of massive areas of farmland, trading route control, control of the eastern
seaports, and excusivity of the ample water resources.
The mid-day temperatures were very hot and the site is very extensive,
requiring a lot of walking and climbing. Bicycles
were available for rent, and bicycle rickshaws with drivers were available to
take you throughout the site. As
prices were aimed at the affluent tourists, we opted to remain pedestrians.
The Oval Temple at Grupo Coba…
The Mayan ball court…
Ball court, complete with loop-ring hoop…
Conjunto Las Picturas
(Temple of the Paintings)…
The Nohoch Mul pyramid…
In the intense heat, it requires quite a bit of exertion to
climb its 120 steps up to the top of the pyramid.
The temple, which crowns the pyramid, was added later and is similar to
the style found at Tulum. In a
niche over the entrance, there is a carving of the Mayan descending god.
We were amazed at the extensive root structure reaching out from this
We returned to the Casa La Candelaria guesthouse in Valladolid.
At the grocery store, we picked up supplies to make our own dinner at the
cooking area of the guesthouse. Fellow
guests, Tammy and Richard from Chicago, joined us for the meal. I had made plenty for all and it was good.
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