Monthly Archives: November 2011

Mostly offline in Cuba

I am in Cuba at the moment where internet access is not readily available nor particularly fast when you do find it. It is also about forty times the price in Mexico. I will be back there at the end … Continue reading

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Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

Chichen Itza (nobody but UNESCO hyphenates it) is a large and important city of both the Mayas and the Toltecs, situated an inconvenient distance from the nearest large towns. It is a massive tourist destination and has quite a few hotels … Continue reading

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Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal

Uxmal lies about halfway between Campeche and the town of Merida, but as the latter has a bus out to the site every few hours and Campeche does not,  that was where I travelled to next. As I was checking in to … Continue reading

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Historic Fortified Town of Campeche

Travelling north up the Yucatan peninsular from Palenque, I arrived in the low-key seaside town of Campeche. It was founded by the Spanish in 1540 and during the 17th and 18th centuries was the subject of attacks by pirates, hence the … Continue reading

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Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque

The overnight bus journey from Oaxaca was not as bad as I had feared, mostly because they stopped showing films from 10.30pm and other than a few stops en route, the bus was dark and quiet most of the way. … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

This is a world heritage site I did not visit. I did take a rattly local bus out to the small town of Mitla but was entirely unsurprised to learn that the local attraction was the Zapotec ruins next to … Continue reading

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Oaxaca, a short follow-up

Well, it turned out that I had missed the large and rather nice museum of Oaxaca in a lovely former monastery. My excuse is that I mistook the entrance for part of the next door church. Luckily, as the fifteen hour overnight … Continue reading

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