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MEXICO


Location - North America; Capital - Mexico City; Population - 105 million; Currency - Mexican Peso

I flew from Havana to Cancun and headed straight for Merida by bus, in June 2001.

 

mexnoteThe Mexican Peso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex1The Plaza Mayor in Merida

 

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mex3El Castillo is one of the pyramids at the Mayan city of Chichen Itza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex4 On top of El Castillo, Chichen Itza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex5Looking towards Group of the Thousand Columns from El Castillo, Chichen Itza

 

 

mex6The main pelota court, Chichen Itza

 

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mex8The Sacred Cenote is a 35-metre well where people were sacrificed, Chichen Itza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex9The former silver mining town of Taxco, south of Mexico City

 

 

mex10The lovely colonial era streets of Taxco

 

 

mex11Taxco is situated at just under 2000 metres altitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex12 Corn-on-the-cob with mayonnaise and chillli powder, Taxco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex13The winding streets of Taxco

 

 

mex14Acapulco beach and the Pacific Ocean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex17Divers at La Quebrada, Acapulco

 

 

mex18La Quebrada, Acapulco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex19National Palace at the Zocalo, Mexico City

 

 

mex19aConchero dancers in Aztec dress at the Zocalo, Mexico City

 

 

mex20Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex21Templo Mayor - 14th/15th century ruins of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex22Totonac people performing the Voladores ritual outside the National Museum of Anthropolgy in Mexico City

 

 

mex23The ancient city of Teotihuacan, as seen from the Pyramid of the Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex24Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan - the world's 3rd largest pyramid from 150AD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex26On top of the Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

 

 

mex25Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Teotihuacan

 

 

mex28Sittiing in the doorways, Puebla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex31The town of Cholula has the largest pyramid in the world, though it's not too visible here as nature (and a church) has taken over

 

 

mex32A reconstructed section of the Great Pyramid of Cholula (or Tepanapa pyramid), dating back to the 1st century AD

 

 

mex33Walking through the tunnels underneath the Great Pyramid of Cholula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex34The colonial city of Oaxaca

 

 

mex35Oaxaca city centre

 

 

mex36Relaxing at the hostel in Oaxaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex37Taking food home from the market at Ocotlan, a town 30kms south of Oaxaca

 

 

mex39Selling hats, Ocotlan market

 

 

mex40Beach at Puerto Escondido, on the Pacific side of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex41A great place to do nothing is at Mazunte beach in Oaxaca state - this is the very basic Einstein pension

 

 

mex42And the eccentric man himself. I don't know if he's still around - Mazunte

 

 

mex45Trine, Jo, Sara, Sarah and Natalie with a few beers on Mazunte beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex44Ventanilla beach, near Mazunte

 

 

mex46There's crocodiles in the river at Playa Ventanilla

 

 

mex47Palm trees at Playa Ventanilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex48San Cristobal de las Casas, a colonial city in the state of Chiapas

 

 

mex49San Cristobal's cathedral

 

 

mex51Breakfast in San Cristobal de las Casas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex53Enjoying a nightclub in San Cristobal de las Casas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex55Boat trip through the Sumidero canyon

 

 

mex58Christmas Tree falls, Sumidero canyon

 

 

mex61Close to San Cristobal is the village of San Juan Chamula, inhabited by the Tzotzil Mayans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex62San Juan Chamula's church. Inside there are no pews, instead the floor is covered with pine boughs, incense, candles and Coke bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mex63The shamen's quarters in San Juan Chamula. Note the Coke and Pepsi bottles - fizzy drinks are seen to aid expelling spirits from the body through burping

 

 

mex65Children at the town of St Nicholas near San Cristobal de las Casas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitmexico.com - Mexico tourist board

www.travelguidemexico.com

http://oaxaca-travel.com - guide to Oaxaca

http://gomexico.about.com

 

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