6 February 2014
We were only here one night and a few hours the next day, as it was one of the last stops on our road trip and we had to start heading back! The downtown area was very pretty and I would’ve liked to explore more.
View from the boardwalk.
The tide was so low that we could see all the fish from the boardwalk!
Downtown Campeche has been glammed up for tourism.
Campeche used to be the target of so many pirate attacks that a wall, and several forts, were built all the way around the city.
Oceanside at night.
27 January 2014
Far more interesting and climb-able than Chichén Itzá, Uxmal is an extensive site full of intricate mosaics and curious decorations. And it even has a –shhh– hidden “Temple of Phalluses” (which we didn’t find because the path was so overgrown…but it’s there, somewhere…as are several stone phalluses which are readily on display beside said overgrown path). I loved Uxmal and would highly recommend it over Chichén Itzá. Bring snacks and water and plan to spend a good three hours here exploring all the structures (and maybe wandering down some secret pathways).
Pirámide del Adivino. Its ovular form is rather unique among pyramids. This is the only one you can’t climb.
Mosaics of Chaac, the long-nosed rain god.
Uxmal, home to all of the iguanas in Yucatán (or so it seemed).
There were several weedy side trails to be explored!
An overview of one part of the site.
One of the mosaics, at the top of a pyramid.
21 January 2014
While it used to be an important port for the exportation of henequén rope, so much so that the place itself is named after said rope (sisal), Sisal is now just a sleepy fishing town. It took us over an hour just to find a place to stay, because everyone who rented rooms had “closed because of the bad weather” or “gone to the Sunday market.” We had some seafood at a restaurant right by the shore and spent the rest of the day wandering the beach. It was full of algea and horseshoe crab shells from a recent storm, but peaceful and pleasant.
An old fort for the defense of the port, newly renovated like the rest of the town.
On the small pier.
A dog’s life.
15 January 2014
If you’re going to go to several archeological sites in Mexico, Chichen Itzá is honestly not the best, mainly because it’s now prohibited to go into or on any of the structures, so you can only admire them from afar (which means you miss out on seeing a lot of carvings and decorations). Some large sites that do allow you to climb almost everywhere are Uxmal (also in Yucatán) and Palenque in Chiapas. But if you’re in Cancún and the only tour you can get is to Chichen Itzá, then take it! It’s still a cool site.
A snake head on the ball court. The snakes were meant to represent Quetzalcoátl, the plumed serpent god.
Fun fact: The heads of captured warriors were displayed on this platform.
Sopa de lima (lime, fried tortilla chips, chicken, rice, and tomatoes). A Yucatán specialty that you shouldn’t miss! We ate at a restaurant on the highway between Pisté and Mérida.
Beans, rice, and chicken a la yucateca. Definitely recommended.
The church in Pisté, the town outside Chichen Itzá. Suspiciously, there are two snake heads (above the window) embedded in its walls.
8 January 2014
The long bridge to the island.
Crab and shrimp empanadas with habanero sauce!
Dockside. You can see the enormous bridge that brought us there in the background.