Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula (Mayan Riviera) - October 11 - 18, 2008

October 11, 2008

Beach at the Grand Palladium & Spa resort.

Calm water.

Iguana soaking the sun rays.

The rooms of the hotel were clean and well finished.

The bathroom was done with marble tiles.

October 13, 2008

A closer look at a more friendly Iguana.

Beautiful birds could be found in the trees all over the compound.

Some of the flowers I noticed while walking the paths between the rooms.

Salt water pool.

The edge of the pool.

Rough volcanic rock.

Fish trapped close to the salt water pool.

These larger fish were inside the pool enjoying the warmer water.

Rain clouds coming closer.

Another view of the salt water pool.

Beautiful fish.

Gazebo at the hotel.

Rain was definitely coming!

The bird was looking at me while I was taking his picture.

Interesting birds on a leaf less tree.

A better shot of the bird.

I was glad to have my zoom lens.

Back at the salt water pool I was taking some pictures of the fish trapped in smaller pools of water.

Sun setting usually meant the mosquitos would be out to feast on tourist blood!

October 14, 2008 - Chichen Itza

Ceiba tree.

Heavy flower resting on the ground.

Finally some ruins!

Mayan road.

Another section of road preserved.

Ossario (High Priest's Temple).

I think this is the back of Edificio de las Monjas.

The Observatory.

A local dog relaxing under the shade.

Purple flowers littering the ground.

Closer look at the flowers.

La Iglesia.

Closeup of the stone work.

Edificio de las Monjas also known as the nunnery.

The Observatory on the way to the Temple of Kukulkan.

Steep staircase.

Temple of Kukulkan was built during the Maya Toltec period.

Side view.

Platform of Venus.

Main bulding at the ball court.

Snakes carved on both sides of the court.

One of the winner's carved into stone. The winner of the game was sacrificed.

The objective was to pass the ball through the stone hoop.

Stone pictures.

Closeup of the snake's head.

The winner's head (from the ball game) was usually carved in the stone.

Cenote Sagrado. This was where the human sacrifices were offered to the gods.

I found this headless statue along the path to the sink hole in the forest.

Temple de las Grandes Mesas (Temple of the Large Tables).

Temple of the Warriors.

West Colonnade.

Temple of Kukulkan also known as the Castle.

A better view of the Temple of the Warriors.

Court of the Thousand Columns.

Even iguanas enjoy the ruins.

The Market.

Scattered stone work.

View of the colums on the West side.

A lone leaf less tree beside the temple.

An entrance to the inside piramid.

While I was walking I smelled something decomposing. I realized that the smell was coming from the mushrooms.

Closeup of the mushroom with flies licking it.

A sink hole that you could go swimming in.

There are cat fish living in the water.

Closeup of the hole above the sink hole.

In a town that we went to with the tour group I found these in a park. What a good idea!

October 16, 2008 - Tulum Ruins

Beach at Tulum.

Tulum beach.

Great water colour.

Volcanic rocks.

Iguana staring at me.

Main Temple of Tulum.

Closeup of the walls.

Behind the Temple.

Temple of the Wind.

Temple of the Descending God.

House of the Columns.

House of the Halach Uinic.

El Castillo.

Beach at the Tulum ruins.

At the Temple of the Wind.

A green snake I found looking for a good sunning spot.

The Temple of the Frescoes.

Mural paintings.

Closeup of the details.

Another iguana enjoying the sun.

Back at the hotel where I had a lot of cappuccinos, Pina Coladas, and Banana Mammas!

All the walkways were lit up at night.

October 17, 2008 - Last day. Hunting lizards!

I finally caught up with this lizard sitting on a bush.

When I got too close he run away, but I did manage some great shots before he took off.


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