Friday, March 18, 2011

Temple of the Witch - Kabah, Yucatan

The Best Coffee in Uxmal is Here!

There is a little coffee stand in the lobby area of Uxmal, next to a real live Banorte ATM - which, by the way, will occasionally 'eat' your plastic and so I would not recommend using it - that serves up a real espresso. Perfect for those early morning trips to Uxmal when you've only had time for one or two coffees at home or at the hotel. Of course, cappuccinos and all the rest are available as well.

Note that in the last few months a new kiosk has opened in the middle of the outdoor lobby area there, but they use Nestle pre-fab coffee and it isn't nearly half as good. Plus, it's more expensive!

Puuc Adventures - An Armadillo in the Wild!

People often ask me: don't you get tired of taking people to the same places over and over again? My answer is always a resounding "no!" because there is always something new to be seen.

Just the other day, while on a full 10 hour day of exploring all the Puuc sites (more photos to follow) with an amateur semi pro photographer who we shall call The Software Guy, at the tiny (no entrance fee charged that's how tiny it is) site of Xlapak, I saw my first ever live armadillo in the wild. I had seen them hanging helplessly in bondage upside down from a womans hand on the side of the road as she tried to sell it to drivers as they passed through the town of Holca, but this was the first time I have ever seen one doing its thing in its natural habitat.

Looking at their heads and "armour" one can see where Luc Besson got his inspiration for some of the creature characters in the Fifth Element. (link)