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Mexico 2009
Week 3

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The Templo de Santo Domingo in San Cristobal.

The Museo de La Medicina Maya, or the Museum of Mayan Medicine.

A representation of natural childbirth as practiced by the local natives.

A local market in San Cristobal, full of locals dressed in native attire.

A colorful, narrow street in this old Spanish city.

Apparently, the natives don't like monuments.

The Arco de El Carmen, once the gateway to the city.

The steps up this hill lead to the Iglesia de San Cristobal.

The Iglesia de San Cristobal at the top of the hill.

The view of San Cristobal from the steps leading up to the Iglesia de San Cristobal.

The bus ride from San Cristobal through the mountains to Palenque offered magnificent views.

The large Mayan head seen at the intersection upon entering Palenque.

Templo de Las Inscripciones, or Temple of the Inscriptions, the tallest structure at the ruins of Palenque, and the site where archeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier discovered the tomb of Pakal, the most revered Mayan king of Palenque.

The Palacio, or Palace, the likely residence of Palenque's rulers.

The Astronomical Tower inside the Palacio.

Templo del Sol, or Temple of the Sun, with the best preserved roof comb.

Templo de La Cruz, or Temple of the Cross.

Templo de Laz Cruz Foliada, or Temple of the Foliated Cross.

A grand view of the edifices of Palenque.

The Templo del Conde, the pyramid where the crazy Count de Waldeck lived from 1831-1833.

Grupo Norte, the North Group, a construction with five temples on top.

Jungle-covered residential buildings in Grupo C, or Group C.

A small waterful in the jungle forest of Palenque.

A look at the vaulted ceiling inside one of the residential buidlings.

A suspension bridge crossing a small river.

A releif carving inside the Palenque Museum.

A collection of Mayan glyphs.

A malachite mask found in the tomb of a queen, thought to be the wife of Pakal.

A copy of the lid of the sarcophagus of Pakal.

The reassembled jade mask of Pakal.

Standing in front of the Tomb of the Inscriptions, where Pakal's tomb was discovered in 1952.

One of many military checkpoints passed on the highway.

Plaza Principal in Campeche.

The Museo de Architectura Maya, or the Museum of Mayan Architecture.

Inside the Museum of Mayan Architecture.

One of the city walls built in the 17th century to keep out the pirates.

One of the two original entrances to the city. This was the land entrance, the other was by the sea.

Doing my best to keep out those dastardly pirates!

The shore of Campeche.

The view from my hostel at night. Really, I sat on a balcony looking at this view.

An iguana at the Edzna ruins.

The Edificio de Los Cinco Pisos, the largest structure at Edzna.

A room inside the Edificio de Los Cinco Pisos.

The roof comb on the Edificio de Los Cinco Pisos.

The view of the Edzna ruins from the top of the Edificio de Los Cinco Pisos.

The bat that my crazy new Irish friend, Pascal, caught.

Posing at the ruins of Edzna.

A dance performance held in the Plaza Principal Saturday night.

Carriages in Plaza Grande of Merida.

A crowd of people dancing in the street on Sunday night in Merida.

A marimba band playing for the crowd.

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