[personal profile] akarasuma
I live in the state of Yucatan (Southeast Mexico), in a city about 200 mi away from Cancun.  Here are some pictures of what I like to show people when they come visit : 

First of all, Chichen Itza. 




The observatory (also the emblem for my University, formerly known as Universidad del Mayab).  I updated this picture because I don't think you could tell how big the structure actually is from the one I had before.



 Tourists.  They get in everyone's pictures, pshaw.
(That's actually my friend [livejournal.com profile] unfinishedsong1 , who probably isn't even on LJ anymore.  He's a dork)

Long story short: That meteor that supposedly killed dinosaurs 65M years ago left a belt of underground caves, some of which became underground rivers throughout the peninsula.  These are pictures from the ones in Dzitnup, a few minutes away from Chichen, on the way to the city of Valladolid. 

The cenotes (Spanish-ized Mayan word for sinkholes) :



This one's called Samula. Those vine-looking things are a tree's roots.  The deep blue part goes down to... I can't remember, maybe 45 m deep (about 150 ft). 



This is X'Keken, Mayan for Little Pig, named after that formation on the right hand side that looks like a mammoth.  The Mayan had apparently never seen a mammoth when they named it. 

Cenotes are my favorite thing ever.  The water is so clean and cool... I just cannot be there and not swim.  Literally, it's never happened. 

And in the city of Valladolid, the Convento de San Bernardino de Siena:



Southwest of my city we have Uxmal and what is called the Puuc route. 

This is my favorite picture of Uxmal:



But I guess these give you a better idea of what it looks like:





That's the view from the top of one of the pyramids.

This is Kabah, another site very close to Uxmal:



Those are all "masks" representing the face of Chaac, god of rain.  That long phallic thing fertilizing earth is his nose. 

Finally (for now, ha!), historic downtown Izamal, another city East of mine:



That's another franciscan convent built waaaay back when the Spaniards were all about building churches on top of Mayan temples.  They say that the Mayan knew the Spaniards were coming, so they buried the pyramids in Izamal to protect them; and it worked, for the longest time Izamal was considered the only a hilly city.  Then they realized all those hills had pyramids under them.  They excavated a few of the pyramids, and now they're right in the middle of the city.  You can see them from the convent too. 



On the next installment: Birds, food, beaches and even more ancient rocks.  Maybe a little bit of my own city, since I don't seem to be all that appreciative of it and don't think I actually have any pictures to show.

Hope you enjoyed it!


Date: 2009-06-17 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tkdgrl.livejournal.com
I did enjoy it! Thanks for sharing! :D

Date: 2009-06-17 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexyisawesome.livejournal.com
these pictures are so beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

Date: 2009-06-17 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loved.livejournal.com
Can I come visit!? Seriously, I can't believe you live all around that stuff. The pictures were gorgeous! I love visiting ruins (probably because my country isn't old enough to have actual ruins, just stuff we ruin. :D) I also love looking at pictures of caves. Makes me want to see if we have anything remotely similar like that around here. The water looks so blue! Good to know that noses feritilize. :) That's so smart to put hills up to hide their worship places. And even cooler that they are now able to be seen. I look forward to your next set of pictures. How far do you live from all these place/how often do you go? I know it's hard to appreciate things when you live so close to them. :)

Date: 2009-06-19 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Haha, of course! I love having people visit! I mostly go when I have people visiting, so I guess you could say I don't go nearly as much as I should (or would like to, for that matter, because I actually do enjoy it a lot, unlike Floridians who hate Disney World, ha!)

All of the ones I posted in this entry are within an hour a half's drive from my city... maybe a hundred miles or so?

Date: 2009-07-09 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loved.livejournal.com
That makes sense. There are a lot of places around here that I don't go unless people are visiting. Disney is probably a bit different than attractions in your area. Do you get a lot of annoying tourists?

Oh wow! That's super close! I always get bogged down thinking how far places are from me that I don't actually go. But 1.5 hours isn't a bad drive to do something fun. I'm trying to get over that line of thinking.

Date: 2009-07-09 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Nah, I think most of the people who come to visit are actually very respectful, though there are always exceptions to the rule :)

Date: 2009-06-17 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hotdogfingers.livejournal.com
wow. that place looks stunning!! so do the picturesss!!!

Date: 2009-06-18 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grimmbot.livejournal.com
Wow, thank you for the effort you put into this. Lovely!

Date: 2009-06-20 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neshynesh.livejournal.com
you are not serious.. its soo awesome.. holy crap.

Date: 2009-06-20 10:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shushu-yaoi.livejournal.com
That's amazing! =O

Date: 2009-06-20 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pichika.livejournal.com
Beautiful pictures.... I'm Mexican and I've never been to Yucatan / Riviera Maya. I really hope to go there soon :)

Date: 2009-06-21 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebarsoforion.livejournal.com
These are absolutely beautiful. I have been meaning to visit there for so long but haven't made too much of an effort. It's on my (relatively extensive) list! I would like to add you as a friend and see more!

Date: 2009-06-21 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
I added you so you can look around my journal and see if you're interested... I have to admit there isn't all that much more about Yucatan on it, so you'll have to see and decide :)

Date: 2009-06-21 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chickabimbo.livejournal.com
thank you for sharing these photos--they're gorgeous! I visited the Yucatan back in 1998 and went to Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tulum, as well as the touristy cities along the coast. These photos really make me want to visit there again sometime soon :)
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