Just 300km, but a long way to go on Mexican roads. It took us about 9hours to finally arrive at the apartment in Cancun. But that’s not only because of the roads, we also stopped at Chichen Itzá. A pretty awesome Mayan ruin. By now there is only about 1% left/discovered from the approximately 20.000 square meters wide area. Once again we took the tour and weren’t disappointed.
The guide introduced us in some great things the Maya’s did at this place. The most remarkable is the serpent which seems to crawl down the pyramid four times a year. When the Sun or the Moon is in the right angle, the light seems to form a serpent which is slowly crawling down the edge of the pyramid. The whole process takes about 45 minutes. Sadly its only taking place at the 21th April and 22th September.
Yesterday we had a perfect mix between sightseeing, eating and a little bit of beach time. But let’s start with the sightseeing. We have been in Ezná, which is close to Campeche, to visit our first Mayan pyramid. Since the vegetation around here is jungle it was a complete different experience from earlier pyramids. Jungle and green all around and then these accurate situated buildings. It’s hard to imaging how they did all this without any technology. And I also really don’t know how they managed to not get eaten by mosquitoes. It was like war. Fighting to stay alive and not to loose any body parts.
Next stop was at the beach. Not a lot to tell about that. Sand, water and no waves. On our way back we were in a small restaurant which is only visited by locals. It was pretty crowed so we guessed that it has to be good. Well, after the meal we weren’t disappointed. It was delicious and amazingly cheap. Starter (shrimp cocktail), main dish (whole fish) and my drink less than 6€.
Right before we went to the guided night tour through the city, which wasn’t that good, I enjoyed the dusk from our terrace.
Today we will start, without any hurry, around noon to get to Merida. On our way we’ll try to get to another Mayan pyramid. Then after two more nights in Merida we’re finally on our way to awesome Cancun beach where we rented a house with pool right at the sea.
Can’t wait for the wicked weasels 😀
Streets of Campeche
After a short night we walked through the old streets of Campeche and enjoyed the nice colorful houses. We took the car to get a little outside the town to one of two forts which have been protecting the city in bygone times.
The fort was also a museum with a lot of interesting pieces which have been left by the Maya’s. The whole known history got explained very good. Well, at least the parts which have been available in English were very good.
View from our terrace
For lunch we went to eat fish once again. Wasn’t that great, especially the service. As we noticed that they charged the tip already, we complained and left without tipping the waiter. Tonight we gonna stay in, sitting on the terrace high above the housetops of Campeche and drink some cold beverages. 😀
After a modest driving time we arrived in Teotihuacan which is close to Mexico city and was the former home to the Teotihuacans and afterwards to the Aztecs. While the first tribe built these awesome pyramids the Aztecs used it later after it has been abandoned. The most possible theory is that the natural resource have been used up and either the Teotihuacans moved away or they simply died.
First thing to do was to rent the car for the second half of the trip. After a long time we lost standing around and waiting for the car to be shown up we finally could check it out. It’s a VW GOL, never heard of it. By this time we finally signed the contract and moved forward. Next stop was an Indian pyramid in Queretaro. Though it is a small one it was pretty impressive to see one for the first time.
Pyramid of El Pueblito
Pyramid of El Pueblito
We took the free tour and a guide showed us around for about almost a hour. Sadly we couldn’t get up, because they have no money to build a secure stairway. We asked if there is there is a way to donate money or for them to get money from the government, but the answer was unsatisfying honest: “The government gives a sh*t. And there is nobody to manage the money from donations.”
Church of San Francisco
Church of San Francisco
The second part of the day we spend again walking around the old historic city center. In the night we hit an Irish pub called “Wicklow” (been there in 2008) which was somewhat disappointing. There was no trace of the typical Irish pub flair. Maybe it was fitted too much to the Mexican expectations. Anyway, after that we had an awesome street Taco again. Same place as yesterday. “Montezuma’s Revenge” still pending. 😀