Tag archives for Mexico Trip

It’s the End of the World As We Know It . . . .

So, were the Maya right? Is the world going to end this year? I have spent the last three weeks in Mexico searching for an answer to this question. My quest for the truth has brought me to the birthplace of the brilliant Maya Calendar, into the tomb of the Palenque Astronaut, to the site…

Death Ball

“Let’s play death ball!” Such was the enthusiastic invitation of my 7-year old nephew, who pulled me with one hand out into the backyard to engage in this very strange and ominous game. Already, my other nephews and niece were busy tossing every kind of ball into the fenced-in trampoline: nerf footballs, beach balls, basketballs,…

Izamal: Sacred City

Like Mexican cooking, Mexican culture is based on mixing two contrasting flavors: Lime and chili, Maya and Catholic. Nowhere is that blend more evident than the golden city of Izamal, in northern Yucatán. I drove through Izamal on my way to Chichén Itzá but ended up parking my car and spending the rest of the day…

Real Tacos

Once you’ve had a real taco, it’s hard to go back. The tacos in Mexico just taste better. Perhaps that’s because Mexicans have been making them a lot longer than anyone else. Although I’ve spent most of my life eating American-style tacos that left me very content, my journey through Mexico (with its many tacos)…

Chichén Itzá: Venus Cycle

12.19.19.3.2; 10 Kayab 5 Ik; 297 days left . . .  I’ve heard a lot of bad excuses from hotel receptionists, but up until now, nobody’s ever tried blaming weak Internet on a UNESCO World Heritage site. “It’s the pyramid’s fault,” is what they told me at the front desk. I tried hard not to…

Underworld

I entered the Tarantula’s Mouth just like a spider, dangling from a long white thread of nylon rope, with my arms and legs stretched out, hoping to catch something solid and real. But there was nothing. Only the black void of an empty hole and a dozens of tiny, translucent bees orbiting my head—“Mayan bees”…

Uxmal: Rain God

12.19.19.2.19; 7 Kayab 2 Cauac; 300 days left . . . Would you vote for someone if they could make it rain? The ancient Maya would. Just when I started to think I was beginning to understand the amazing Maya and their mighty cities and dazzling architecture, I had to come to Uxmal (oosh-mahl) and…

Edzna: Sun God

12.19.19.2.17; 5 Kayab 13 Caban; 302 days left . . . For a minute I felt very special and rather lucky. The sign at the entrance insisted that I not miss the spectacular laser light show playing that night, illuminating the ruins of Ednza into a Star Wars-like spectacle of colored light beams, flashing bulbs,…

How to Make Sikil Pak

I love discovering new food, which is one of the great things about travel—if you do it right, it opens you up to all kinds of strange flavors you would never have known existed. No matter how many times I’d traveled to Mexico before, I had never heard of sikil pak until I came to…

Calakmul: Ruin with a View

Clearly the Maya had smaller feet than my size 13 clodhoppers. Climbing to the top of the temples at Calakmul requires a lot of sidestepping and deep breathing, but it’s definitely worth the effort. My desire for Maya “cosmovision” took me deep into the jungle, to UNESCO World Heritage site of Calakmul, an ancient Maya…