tour of ancient mayan cities

2012 is not the end, start the party!

2012 is not the end, start the party!

We’re back in Vancouver, Canada, although living in a downtown hotel until January 1, when we will be moving into a new apartment. So in a way, we feel we’re still “on the road” for week 52, making it legitimately a full year away from home.

Just before returning to Canada, we toured a number of ancient Mayan cities in the Yucatan Penninsula, from small and quiet Kabah to hyper-active Chichen Itza, which we visted on the day the Mayan Long Count calendar came to an end, December 21. We posted a day-by-day report under the tab labelled “dispatches from the end of time” (above this post).

Here now are the photos from that tour — sorry they aren’t formatted as a gallery– WordPress changed how users must upload and insert photos, but without new instructions so we’ve done our best — enjoy!

Tulum - noble's house

Tulum – noble’s house

Tulum - temple of the wind

Tulum – temple of the wind

Tulum - noble's house

Tulum – noble’s house

Tulum - temple of the paintings

Tulum – temple of the paintings

Tulum - pre-Columbian lighthouse

Tulum – pre-Columbian lighthouse

Deborah with our wonderful guide, Ricardo

Deborah with our wonderful guide, Ricardo

Tulum - iguanas everywhere!

Tulum – iguanas everywhere!

Coba - riding a "tricycle" across the site, powered by Israel

Coba – riding a “tricycle” across the site, powered by Israel

Coba - Nohoch Mul

Coba – Nohoch Mul

Coba - view from top of Nohoch Mul

Coba – view from top of Nohoch Mul

Coba - Nohoch Mul (42m pyramid)

Coba – Nohoch Mul (42m pyramid)

Coba - Xaibe Palace

Coba – Xaibe Palace

Coba - ball court

Coba – ball court

Coba - ball court hoop

Coba – ball court hoop

Valladolid market

Valladolid market

Sign showing Ek'Balam glyph (like a city crest)

Sign showing Ek’Balam glyph (like a city crest)

Ek'Balam - oval palace

Ek’Balam – oval palace

Ek'Balam - stone carving

Ek’Balam – stone carving

Ek'Balam

Ek’Balam

Ek'Balam

Ek’Balam

Ek'Balam - glyphs at acropolis

Ek’Balam – glyphs at acropolis

Ek'Balam - tomb of The River King

Ek’Balam – tomb of The River King

Ek'Balam - tomb of The River King

Ek’Balam – tomb of The River King

Ek'Balam - tomb of The River King

Ek’Balam – tomb of The River King

Ek'Balam - our crew

Ek’Balam – our crew

Ek'Balam - tomb of The River King

Ek’Balam – tomb of The River King

Ek'Balam - view from top of the acropolis

Ek’Balam – view from top of the acropolis

Ek'Balam - arch at entrance to the city

Ek’Balam – arch at entrance to the city

Old sisal factory near Merida

Old sisal factory near Merida

Old entrance to hacienda near sisal factory

Old entrance to hacienda near sisal factory

Uxmal - pyramid of the magician

Uxmal – pyramid of the magician

Uxmal - pyramid of the magician

Uxmal – pyramid of the magician

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Uxmal – representation of Mayan rain god Chaac

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Uxmal – representation of Mayan rain god Chaac

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Uxmal – entrance near top of pyramid

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Uxmal – stone macaw

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Uxmal – more Chaac masks

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Uxmal – view of nun’s quadrangle

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Uxmal – snake/serpent carvings above door

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Uxmal – stone carving

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Uxmal – nun’s quadrangle building

Uxmal - macaw

Uxmal – macaw

Uxmal - house of the turtles

Uxmal – house of the turtles

Uxmal - ball court

Uxmal – ball court

Uxmal - double-headed jaguar throne

Uxmal – double-headed jaguar throne

Uxmal - governor's palace

Uxmal – governor’s palace

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Uxmal – view from the governor’s palace

Kabah - Kodz-Poop structure

Kabah – Kodz-Poop structure

Kabah - Kodz-Poop features 250 Chaac masks

Kabah – Kodz-Poop features 250 Chaac masks

Kabah - blocks from Kodz-Poop structure

Kabah – blocks from Kodz-Poop structure

Kabah - Kodz-Poop structure

Kabah – Kodz-Poop structure

Kabah -- rebuilt entrance arch

Kabah — rebuilt entrance arch

Visit to Mayan home - extracting fibre from sisal plant

Visit to Mayan home – extracting fibre from sisal plant

Visit to Mayan home - tortilla making

Visit to Mayan home – tortilla making

Ricardo translates description of Mayan ritual

Ricardo translates description of Mayan ritual

Our tour group at Mayan home

Our tour group at Mayan home

Sunset on the last night of 13 b'aktun

Sunset on the last night of 13 b’aktun

Chichen Itza - first view of El Castillo (The Castle)

Chichen Itza – first view of El Castillo (The Castle)

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Chichen Itza – platform of the eagles and jaguars

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Chichen Itza – venders along the pathways

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Chichen Itza – Tzompantli (wall of skulls)

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Chichen Itza – El Caracol (observatory)

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Chichen Itza – ancient steambath

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Chichen Itza – the “church” building

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Chichen Itza – east annex of the “nunnery”

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Chichen Itza – the ossuary, tomb of the great priest

Chichen Itza - platform of venus

Chichen Itza – platform of venus

Chichen Itza - Tzompantli (wall of skulls)

Chichen Itza – Tzompantli (wall of skulls)

Chichen Itza - platform of venus

Chichen Itza – platform of venus

Chichen Itza - platform of venus

Chichen Itza – platform of venus

Chichen Itza - platform of venus

Chichen Itza – platform of venus

Chichen Itza - morning sun over El Castillo

Chichen Itza – morning sun over El Castillo

Chichen Itza - famous Mayan shaman being interviewed

Chichen Itza – famous Mayan shaman being interviewed

Chichen Itza - temple of the warriors

Chichen Itza – temple of the warriors

Chichen Itza - serpent heads at foot of El Castillo

Chichen Itza – serpent heads at foot of El Castillo

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Chichen Itza – with the crowd on December 21

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Ik-Kil cenote near Chichen Itza was open for swimming

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New Mayan museum in Merida

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Stone figure at new museum

Ring from Pok Ta Pok ball court

Ring from Pok Ta Pok ball court

Inside the new Mayan museum in Merida

Inside the new Mayan museum in Merida

Reproduction of the Dresden Codex at the new Mayan museum

Reproduction of the Dresden Codex at the new Mayan museum

Last stop: Dzibilchaltun

Last stop: Dzibilchaltun

Dzibilchaltun - Deborah climbing structure 44

Dzibilchaltun – Deborah climbing structure 44

Dzibilchaltun - structure 44

Dzibilchaltun – top of structure 44

Dzibilchaltun - view down ancient road to the observatory

Dzibilchaltun – view down ancient road to the observatory

Dzibilchaltun - the seven figures found in the observatory

Dzibilchaltun – the seven figures found in the observatory

5 thoughts on “tour of ancient mayan cities

  1. We loved Ek Balan (and stayed at a great hostel close by run by a woman from Calgary.) And what a time we had in Merida. Other stories to share with you. Welcome back!

  2. HelloYou and Deborah have accomplished an awesome education and shared it with us all. I can only imagine some of the changes you both have experienced and perhaps life after a year such as this might seem a little tame! John and I will be in Mission some time in June staying at my cousin Sally’s place so I hope we can meet up. Perhaps we could go out for lunch one day. Anyhow will keep you posted. Congratulations on a trip well travelled. SincerelyLorraine

    Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:29:21 +0000 To: lalalanteigne@hotmail.com

  3. Hi Deb and Don, greetings from Milwaukee via La Palapa at Royal Mayan. Love your website.
    Brings back memories of earlier years when I explored all those Mayan ruins.
    If you send me your email, I would like to forward the great photo of you at the Palapa Bar.
    Hope we can keep in touch.

    Sue

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