Monday, May 30, 2011

Another Day Trip From Merida

PQ in Egypt
Carlos and I  love ancient civilizations and have traveled all over the world to explore them. Our first trip many years ago was to Tikal in the Guatemala jungle where we spent a wonderful week staying in the lodge on site and arriving at the ruins at dawn, way before any other tourists arrived. We visited roman aqueducts in Spain,  viking ship remains in Copenhagen, and Roman ruins in Florence and Rome. Finally for our 50th birthdays we booked an adventure tour of Egypt which included tours of Valley of the Kings by donkey, Abu Simbel via road, and a three day camel trek in the Sinai Peninsula. That about did me in! So when Carlos decided for his 55 b-day to hike the Inca Trail (4 days) to Machu Picchu I said, "Have a great time and send me lots of photos!"
CQ at Machu Picchu
Soon we will be living in the center of some of the most important and magnificent Maya archaeological sites in Mexico and close to other sites in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. We foresee a future filled with exploration. In past vacations to Merida we have explored Uxmal, Kabah and Chichen Itza. This past trip in December we explored Mayapan.

Mayapan only had about 5 other visitors the afternoon we spent there in December. It truly is a different experience than the crowds at Chichen Itza. The quiet of the day with the sounds of birds and insects and only a few soft voices makes it magical. You can sit quietly and dream of the days of the Mayan empire and let your imagination soar. I did.


  1. Hi, I just discovered your blog today while reading Hammockman's. I can't wait to go back and read all your posts!

  2. I stumbled across a little pot farm the last time I was at Mayapan. It is a big site, someone was making use of the extra space.