Mexico 2006

Straddling the Tropic of Cancer, Mexico is a large country with a multitude of landscapes, cultures, cuisines, art and activities. Our focus for this trip was southern Mexico, specifically south of Mexico City, the capital. Scattered around this region, in every type of location from city to impenetrable jungle - is an array of archaeological sites from the ancient civilizations that are as fascinating as any in the world - Teotihuacan, Palenque, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Yaxilan and Bonampak - just to name a few. There are towns , quaint and historic, full of centuries old stone architecture and plazas like Puebla, San Cristobal de Las Casas, and Merida.

Mexico has world class museums including the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City. Great cultures and empires, among them the Olmecs, the Maya and the Aztecs flourished here centuries ago. Their descendants - several distinct indigenous peoples, each with their own language and customs - retain their separate identities today amid the mixed-blood mestizo majority. It it a country where tradition and modernity rub shoulders and coexist every step of the way.

This website chronicles our experiences as we traveled through the country. You can navigate using the left navigation menu or use the links in the itinerary below.

Itinerary (Oct 29. - Nov. 15 2006)

Oct. 29 Arrive into Mexico City, Bosque de Chapultapec, Museo de Antropologia
Oct. 30 Mexico City - Centro Historico
Oct. 31 Templo Mayor, Teotihuacan
Nov. 1 Mexico City to Puebla, Puebla City
Nov. 2 Cholula, Night bus to Chiapas
Nov. 3 Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Sumidero Canyon Boat Tour
Nov. 4 Los Miradores (Sumidero Canyon), San Cristobal de las Casas
Nov. 5 Chamula village
Nov. 6 To Palenque : Agua Azul & Misol Ha, Palenque
Nov. 7 Bonampak, Yaxchilan
Nov. 8 To Merida
Nov. 9 Celestun
Nov. 10 Ruta Puuc Uxmal, Kabah, Sybil, Labna
Nov. 11 Chichen Itza
Nov. 12 To Quintana Roo Tulum
Nov. 13 Playa del Carmen
Nov. 14 Cancun
Nov. 15 Depart Mexico

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