Category Archives: Mexico

Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River

Our destination today was Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River which forms the border between Mexico and Guatemala. We boarded a tribal long boat with a thatched roof to keep off the sun and floated down the beautiful river. The boat rocked gently and, combined with the heat, we sank into a kind of torpor. All drowsiness […]

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To the Mayan Nile


The Vallescondido Restaurante on the way to the Mayan Nile was a roadside surprise I’ll long remember. We had risen at dawn, too early for breakfast, packed our bags out, and settled into the ride to the Usumacinta River. No prospects for breakfast appeared for a couple of hours and our stomachs started to grumble with […]

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Past Splendor of Palenque

The past splendor of Palenque seems hidden away in a mountainous location of peace in Chiapis Province, Mexico. The site is another kind of beauty altogether compared to many of the archeological sites we’ve seen. To walk the paths of Palenque today feels as though a magnificent site absorbed by the jungle for centuries is […]

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Parque-Museo de La Venta

The Parque-Museo de La Venta, an outdoor museum near Villahermosa, was only a short flight from Mexico City. I had eagerly anticipated the day’s destination, but our built-like-a-brick-with-ears tour guide (as he ruefully describes himself) had not factored in the narrowness of the winding path compared to the number of people in the group. The guide […]

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Temple Ruins at Teotihuacan


Compared to Mexico City, which is sinking little by little, the complex of temple ruins at Teotihuacan, about thirty miles northeast of Mexico City is built on hard ground and will likely remain solidly reaching toward the heavens for a few more millennia. The sky was a cloudless cerulean blue the day we visited and […]

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Two Sinking Cathedrals

Tropical flower

When I discovered that Mexico City houses two sinking cathedrals—the ornate Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary and the Metropolitan Tabernacle beside it (now joined as one building)—I felt very sad. The Cathedral houses two 18th century pipe organs, which are precious things to me. I love organ music and do my best on […]

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Toltec Pole Dancers

Toltec dancers Vision Quest

Outside the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, the sound of flute and drums drew us to a grassy park where Toltec pole dancers were performing a vision quest. Five men wearing brightly colored indigenous clothing circled a very tall pole, heads bowed in prayer. After five or ten minutes of this, four men each tied the […]

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Anthropology Museum of Mexico City

As I explored the Anthropology Museum of Mexico City, the misconceptions I had carried for so long about ancient Mesoamerica came as repeated surprises. For example, I saw evidence of multi-ethnic populations having lived in ancient Mesoamerica. Head shapes and facial features carved into over-size weathered rock images clearly showed Hamitic, Semitic, and Mongolian features. […]

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Archeological Tour of Mesoamerica

Unexpected burst of color

We arrived in Mexico City on a lovely warm evening in mid-February to begin an archeological tour of Mesoamerica. We had just missed the 6 PM cut-off for the buffet in the restaurant a few blocks from our hotel, so ordering dinner in Spanish became our next hurdle. My friend tried in fledgling Spanish to explain […]

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