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Travel in Mesoamerica and the Maya World

Lunch with Carol at Puerto Morelos

Lunch with Carol at Puerto Morelos.

This post will be sticky in the “travel” category. To start with, here are some links that might be helpful. For now, many of these utilize the old Buried Mirror html, which is less responsive for mobile than the current look. Some are blog posts that may also appear below. These issues will get addressed.

Travel in the Maya World

Overview of Mesoamerica and the Maya Region

Maya Sites

Chichen Itzen

The Observatory

Kabah

The arch of the sacbe
The western group

Uxmal

The House of the Turtles
The Great Pyramid
Borges at Uxmal

Copan

Map of Copan
The East Court
Stela B

Tulum

and Hurricane Dean

Some Places

Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Hot Waterfall
Casita in Mixco, Guatemala
Antigua Walls
Volcanos of Lake Atitlan
Maximon
Photography by Ivan Castro
The Talking Cross
Puerto Morelos,
on the Maya Riviera

Shopping

Four Keys to Haggling

Restaurants and Cafes

Antigua Guatemala, Bagel Barn

chicken bus

Photo Wednesday: Water delivery

water delivery vehicle in yucatan

This photo from Izamal in the Mexican Yucatan comes from larry&flo’s photostream.

Photo Wednesday: Hanging plants

This photo of hanging plants at the Hotel Lunata in Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera comes from theilr’s photostream

Photo Wednesday: Beach near Tulum

This photo of the Caribbean near the ancient Maya city of Tulum is from mdanys’ photostream.

A new discovery at El Mirador

A pair of monumental (26-foot) stucco panels have been discovered at the important classic Maya site of El Mirador in the Peten by a team led by Richard Hansen of Idaho State University. The figures in the panels appear to represent the heros twins of the Maya creation myth.

This is clearly an important find. The panels can be dated to the Late Preclassic period, from about 300 BCE to a little after the beginning of the common era.

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Video via MSNBC

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Photo Wednesday: Furniture delivery

antigua, guatemala, street scene

This photo of a furniture deliveryman on the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, comes from Michael R. Swigart’s photostream.

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Turtles at Monterrico

While we’re on the subject of sea turtles, here’s a photo of baby turtles at Monterrico, on Guatemala’s Pacific coast, from guillermogg’s photostream.

baby sea turtles at monterrico on guatemala's pacific coast

By the way, this image is a good example of my technique for correcting color cast. I think it’s fair to say the original was a little blue:

sea turtles at monterrico on guatemala's pacific coast: unedited image

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Sea turtle project at La Barrona Hatchery, Guatemala

A behind the scenes look at volunteer-driven sea turtle conservation at the La Barrona in Guatemala.

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Sea turtles at Monterrico, Guatemala

Following up on my previous post about Monterrico, here’s a good video survey of the area.

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Black sand beach, Monterrico, Guatemala

black sand beach at monterrico, guatemala

Guatemala’s Pacific coast has some fine black sand beaches, such as this one at Monterrico. The area is not very developed for tourism, which has its advantages as well as some disadvantages. Get there by going to La Avellana and then taking a half-hour boat ride through the mangroves to the beach.

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Shown: detail of a photo from Walter Rodriguez’s photostream.

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Photo Wednesday: Agua Volcano, Antigua, Guatemala

agua volcano, antigua, guatemala

This view of Agua Volcano from somewhere near the Parqueo Central in Antigua, Guatemala, is from hexod.us’ photostream.

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Photo Wednesday

campeche chiles

Today’s photo, of chiles in a market in Campeche, comes from malias’ photostream.

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Photo quiz, part 3

Here’s another image by our mystery photographer (see also the past two days’ posts). What’s going on here? (Hint: the picture documents a subject for which the photographer is well known.) Who is he? What is the approximate date of the photo?

san isidro

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Photo quiz, continued

Come, come, I know I have some readers. Surely someone can guess the famous photographer of yesterday’s image. Okay, maybe this will help. Here’s another photo by the same lensman. Who is it? What is it? When was it? Someone has to know the answer!

lago atitlan by mystery photographer

Photo quiz

Here’s an image from Guatemala. Can anyone guess the subject, photographer, or approximate date the picture was taken?

volcan

113 images of Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

112 more like this at En Antigua.

semana santa procession, antigua, guatemala

via el Blogador

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Guatemalan worry dolls

guatemala worry doll

Worry people are small, rather crude (but charming) dolls, usually sold in batches of several in a bag or box. As far as I know they are particular to the Maya of highland Guatemala. Children put them under their pillows at night as a sleep aid.

Tradition — or the vendors of the dolls — has it that one confesses one’s worry to the doll before putting it under the pillow. Then by morning the worry people will have taken that worry away.

The image is from dickuhne’s photostream.

Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

Two videos via Carpe Diem, the blog of Luis Figueroa.

Dog bites gringa

Yucatan Living has a very interesting post detailing the care Working Gringa got for a dog bite. The short version: she received excellent professional care for less than $50.

Here in San Francisco the same care would probably cost more than 20 times as much.

You can read about it here.

Photo Friday

Chichicastenango market, from gepiblu’s photostream.

vegetable market in chichicastenango

Fine dining around Merida

Yucatan Living’s nominations for the best fine dining around Merida are in. And the candidates are:

  • Casa de Piedra at Hacienda Xcanatun
  • Nectar Restaurant
  • Trotters Restaurant
  • Hacienda Santa Rosa
  • Hacienda Temozon Sur

Read about the nominees and vote for your favorite at Yucatan Living.

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Antigua through the back door

hippies use backdoor

Paramañana paints one of the more recognizable portraits of La Antigua, Guatemala, that I have seen in a while (of course, the best portraits are from steady bloggers like Rudy Giron, El Blogador, and Luis Figueroa).

After a little getting used to, you don’t really notice the no tap water or no electricity situation any more. After all, there are more important things to think about.

The photo is from Café No Sé.

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Flycatcher Inn, Santa Elena

flycatcher inn, santa elena, yucatan

This is a detail from the front porch of the Flycatcher Inn, a B&B in Santa Elena near the Maya ruins of Uxmal. The inn is on the austere side, but it is clean, offers a good breakfast, and has a natural area around it on a couple of sides, where there are many birds. The proprietress’s husband makes the wrought iron furniture such as the example shown here.

Antigua elves bring seasons tidings

christmas wishes from antigua, guatemala

San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala

 san antonio aguas calientes, guatemala

This photo was taken a long time ago in Aguas Calientes, near La Antigua, Guatemala. The town is known for its beautiful textiles. Back in the day it was a quiet and tranquil place. I wonder if it has changed much.

Francis Ford Coppola’s hotels in Belize and Guatemala

 blancaneaux lodge, belize

Francis Ford Coppola, inspired by his experience filming Apocalypse Now in the Philippines, decided to search for a “jungle paradise” closer to his northern California home. He ended up buying property in Belize and Guatemala, and now run three hotels there.

  • Blancaneaux Lodge in the Maya Mountains of Belize
  • Turtle Inn on the southern Belize coast
  • La Lancha in Gautemala near Tikal

He writes about his experience in an article in the Independent. An excerpt:

When I visit the resorts, I cast a critical eye. What needs to be added, how is the food and so on. We grow all our fruits and vegetables in our own organic garden, so we can guarantee the quality. We raise our own chickens, and local fishermen bring their catch to the chef. I have a great deal of input with the menus. For La Lancha, we wanted to serve Guatemalan fare using staples such as tamales, beans, chillies, plantains and fresh vegetables. At Turtle Inn, the menu is based on the sea; we serve river lobster or a conch cooked on the beach. And, at Blancaneaux Lodge, it’s Belizean dishes on the menu – rice, beans, chicken and fresh fish, including white fish pickled in lime juice. We also have a wood-burning pizza oven plus espresso machine and coffee roaster imported from Italy.

When I originally discovered Blancaneaux Lodge, I’d been looking for some kind of tropical Utopia and I immediately knew that this was the hideaway I had been looking for. Even now, once I’ve been there a couple of days, the laptop comes out and I write – after all, that’s why I bought the first resort in the first place.

Image from the Blancaneaux Lodge website (slightly modified).

Fuego volcano eruption

Fuego volcano, near Antigua, Guatemal, erupted in November. Inner Diablog posted a photo by Aldo Bonilla, or you can follow some of these google image results (click screenshot).

fuego volcano eruption

Feeling Lazy

Like dusk at Puerto Morelos.

dusk at puerto morelos

Chiminos Island Lodge

Chiminos Island Lodge is located in the remote Petexbatun Region region of the Peten. It bills itself as an “eco-archaeological adventure.” I have never visited, but that seems fair enough based on the evidence of this video.

Lodge home page

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