Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Day Trip to Mani

For those of you who don't know it, Mani is important because it was the site of the burning of most of the Mayans writings and art, by that wonderful Spanish friar on a mission from god (again, religion making things warm and cozy for all) and because it is the home of the restaurant Principe Tutul Xiu, where you can eat a great Poc Chuc or Relleno Negro and where they have the best hand-made tortillas. My cohort the Casual Restaurant Critic has written about the place many times, always favourably.

This morning, I picked up Carm and Don at the Luz en Yucatan hotel at 11:00AM and we proceeded to hit the road, taking the route less travelled to reach our destination.

We meandered through pueblos, stopping everywhere and anywhere to take photos of haciendas and local sights and eat fresh tortillas (this is popular) at a tortilleria, where the ladies waiting in line had a chuckle watching us gringos marvel at their little tortilla factory. Of course, the cow in Uayalceh was a highlight as well!












At last we arrived in Mani, had a fabulous lunch and then explored the monastery, which is in the process of being renovated.










On the way back, we took the more direct Mayapan-Acanceh highway making only one more stop in the town of Chumayel to peek into their church (below)























We were back in downtown Merida, at the Luz en Yucatan hotel, by 6 P.M.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like the church is completely renovated now. Beautiful!

    We did the same trip awhile back:

    http://www.yucatanliving.com/history/the-ghosts-of-mani.htm

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