Saturday, December 29, 2007

Dzibilchaltun Excursion

I picked up my Manhattan-based guests at their Fiesta hotel at 9 am and we made the 20-30 minute drive to the Mayan archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun without much effort, driving along the Prolongacion de Montejo, past the Cordemex sisal processing plant and the malls.

At Dzibilchaltun, about 65 pesos per adult ($45 for the actual ruins and $20 for the so-called 'unidad de servicios' which I assume is the area with the bathrooms) got everyone into the site and we all walked around for an hour or so, followed by a long refreshing dip (along with a herd of tourists fresh off the cruiseships in Progreso) in the open cenote X'lakah.

By the way, in the photo above, see if you can spot evidence of Mayan stones used in the building of the catholic convent wall. This is symbolically illustrative of the relationship catholicism has with indigenous peoples across North and South America. Gotta love those catholics.

After that, a visit to the excellent but small on-site museum and gift shop. The only problem with the museum is the low lighting and the fact that the the lettering on the signs is tiny and beige on a light brown background. Or maybe I am just getting old!

Then it was back to the hotel for lunch!

This trip was about 4 hours in total.

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