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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!


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