January 2013 Keelia, Blaine, Andrew & I went to the Mexican Riviera for a pretty darn good vacation.
Before the Cuban Missile Crisis and the ensuing blockade, Cuba was a party destination for the entire world. After, Mexico happily stepped in to take those tourism dollars by investing in infrastructure and encouraging resorts to be built in the state Quintana Roo – pop quiz question, how many states does The United States of Mexico have? End result, vacation land; it is just insane, this long beautiful highway completely lined with mega resorts.
My auntie was able to get us a place at one of those mega resorts and we bought air fare.
We signed up for one of those half day sales pitches, it was terrible BUT in exchange we went on the coolest tour!
The first stop was a complete surprise to me.
This is a cenote! They are these amazing openings of limestone! Most contain water, and since they are underground, they are nice cool retreats on hot days. I had no idea that these existed or that we were going to be stopping at one.
Next stop was Chichen Itza!
Incredible, our tour guide was very knowledgeable. I love a good lecture and this one stands out. He explained that this main structure was a giant calendar. Each of these sunken squares represents a week in the year. On the equinoxes the rising sun and the outer edge casts a shadow that looks like a snake crawling down the side of the steps.This is the head of the serpent at the base of the stair case.The shadow continues across the courtyard to this structure and into the top where there is the mayan symbol for pi.
Chichen Itza is worth a visit, it is totally incredible and left me with many questions. I think that anything that leaves you with a thirst to learn more is pretty good stuff. Curiosity drives imagination & discovery two very good things.
Most of that area of modern Mexico was new and lacked the quintessential town square. This cathedral we passed on our return to the resort. It was a beautiful evening and this was a very cool looking town. I was temped to hop off the bus, but i did not have my suitcase with me. I failed to remember the name of this charming Mexican town, but i could probably pick it out off a map.