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,... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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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... Read More | Share it now!

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