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Mexico 2009
Week 4

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A 5-meter high roof comb on a a pyramid turned to rubble at Labna, on the Ruta Puuc.

The three-tiered Palacio at Sayil, on the Ruta Puuc.

A courtyard surrounded by buildings at Kabah.

A restored atlas figure used as a supporting column in this Palacio at Kabah.

The Casa del Advino, or Magician's House, built on an oval base at Uxmal (pronounced Oosh-mahl).

A close-up of the intricate carving on a building at Uxmal.

The Palacio del Gobernador, or Governor's Palace, called the culmination of the Mayan Puuc style by one Mayan expert.

An iguana climbing into an altar (despite the sign prohibiting this).

This little bat fell down from the vaulted ceiling and lacked the energy to fly back up.

The Gran Pyramid, which has been restored only on the visible northern edge.

A view of Uxmal from the top of the Gran Pyramid.

This pyramid, the Templo de Kukulkan, or the Temple of Kukulkan, is the dominant building at center of Chichen Itza.

A carvnig of a ball player on a wall in the Juego de Pelota, or ball court.

The Platforma de Los Craneos, or Platform of Skulls, where the heads of sacrificial victims were displayed.

A serpent's head jutting out from the wall of an altar.

A carving of a jaguar devouring a human heart.

A cenote, or a deep pool of water surrounded by limestone walls.

Templo de Los Guerreros, or the Temple of the Warriors.

Apparently, the Mayans liked to play Tic-Tac-Toe.

An area used as a marketplace by the Mayans.

Standing in front of the Observatory, or the Caracol (Snail), where Mayan priests would study the stars and announce times for planting, harvesting, and celebrating.

The beach in Cancun.

Walking down the beach.

A doorway into the ancient city of Tulum on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.

An iguana with a great view of the ocean.

Standing with the ruins of Tulum and the Caribbean sea behind me.

Looking out at the Caribbean Sea.

A nice view of the beach, the rocky coast, and the ruins of Tulum.

A beach at Tulum that was open to the public.

The Templo de Pinturas, or the Temple of Paintings, which was once covered with colorful murals.

A stucco figure of an upside-down descending god.

A distant view of the Castillo, or Castle.

A large temple at the ruins of Coba.

A small ball court at the ruins of Coba.

The long path you need to cross between ruins at Coba.

A building where many colorful paintings were discovered.

One of many large stelae on display.

A large stela covered with Mayan glyphs.

Nohoch Mul, the great pyramid at Coba.

Posing on top of the great pyramid of Coba.

A crocodile in the lake next to the ruins of Coba.

The hotel in Corozal, Belize that I found at 9 pm on a Friday night.

A view of the waterfront from my hotel in Corozal.

The water taxi that took me on a two-hour ride to San Pedro on Caye Ambergris (an island in Belize).

A typical narrow street in San Pedro.

The beachfront in San Pedro.

Local merchants trying to sell their wares to tourists.

Someone parasailing over the reef-filled waters off the coast of San Pedro.

Mangrove trees seen during our jungle river cruise to the ruins of Lamanai in Belize.

My friends Damon (far left) and Julia (far right) enjoying the bumpy boat ride down the river.

A spider monkey that was saw along the river cruise.

A Pygmy Kingfisher - a very small and very rare bird.

This is a group of tiny bats on a tree (though I forget what they are called).

Jaguar Temple N10-9 at the ruiins of Lamanai.

The face of a jaguar in the Jaguar Temple.

We were able to climb this structure called N10-43, the largest pyramid at Lamanai.

Mask Temple N9-56.

A carved face ini the Mask Temple discovered after archeologists removed an outer staircase.

Standing on top of the Jaguar Temple.

The only crocodile we saw on our jungle river cruise - just a baby.

Our driver, Ricky, driving us back to San Pedro fast through the mangrove forest.

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