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Mexico 2016 (part 1)
11 Feb. flights Amsterdam - Houston, Houston - Mexico City
12 Feb. Mexico City
13 Feb. Mexico City
14 Feb. Mexico City - Oaxaca
15 Feb. Oaxaca, Monte Albán
16 Feb. Oaxaca - Mitla - Chiapa de Corzo
17 Feb. Chiapa de Corzo - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristóbal de las Casas
18 Feb. San Cristóbal de las Casas
19 Feb. San Cristóbal de las Casas - GUATEMALA
Mexico City, seen from the Fontán Hotel
Alameda Park, first impressions during a city tour
Monument for Benito Juárez, who was one of Mexico's most beloved presidents
Pope Francis (Papa Francisco) arrives today
Palace of Fine Arts
The National Museum of Anthropology
Olmeca-Xicalanca - Cacaxtla bird man mural
The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (at modern Mexico City) was founded in 1325 on a island
Templo Mayor, the main Aztec temple of Tenochtitlan
It was destroyed by Spanish conquistadors in 1521, who then promptly erected the Cathedral
roughly over it. Its actual location was discovered by accident in 1978 when electrical
workers found a piece of a large stone disc depicting the goddess Coyolxauhqui.
Aztec calendar stone or sun stone
Carved in 1479, dedicated to the sun god.
Murals in the Mayan section
Maya chacmool from Chichen Itza (see March 1st, part 2)
Statues often thought of as warriors offering a sacrifice to the Gods.
The hands form a bowl to the sky for sacrifice.
Café De Tacuba is one of the most traditional restaurants in the city
Mariachi music during dinner
Teotihuacan, located 48 km ortheast of modern-day Mexico City
The city is thought to have been established around 100 BC.
And may have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries AD.
This city came to be the largest and most populated center in the New World.
Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (pole flying) at the parking
Mural at Palace of Quetzalpapalotl
Teotihuacan overview, seen from the Pyramid of the Moon
with the Pyramid of the Sun in the center
Pyramid of the Moon
Climbing Pyramid of the Sun
Pyramid of the Moon in the background
Waiting for the beloved Pope.
Catholic Christianity is the dominant religion in Mexico, representing about 82.7% of the total population
The National Palace (Palacio Nacional) is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico.
It is located on Mexico City's main square, the Plaza de la Constitución (El Zócalo).
Unfortunately not open during the Pope-visit
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
(Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de la Santísima Virgen María a los cielos)
The largest cathedral in the Americas
Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl Volcanoes
Omelette del Campo for lunch
Hotel Oaxaca Real in Oaxaca
Oaxaca street sellers
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca / Ex Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán
On January 9, 1932, archaeologist Dr. Alfonso Caso discovered Tomb 7 of Monte Alban, a Zapotec tomb
that held the remains of a nobleman, along with a huge cache of treasures. Among the items found in
this tomb were pieces of jewelry crafted with gold, silver, and copper as well as jade, turquoise,
rock crystal, pearls, and coral.
Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán
The square in front of Santo Domingo seen from the museum
Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán
A very nice Sunday evening in Oaxaca
Traces its history to about 500 B.C. when Zapotec builders began leveling
the mountaintop and constructing terraces and other works. The Mixtec people later
entered the Valley of Oaxaca in 1200 AD and used the Monte Alban site to bury their elite.
There are a large number of carved stone monuments at Monte Alban.
The earliest examples are the so-called "Danzantes" (dancers)
Monte Alban seen from the South Platform
The Altar and a group of students
In the museum at the entrance
Back in Oaxaca for lunch
Mother selling candies and cigarettes
The Oaxaca market
outside and inside
Oaxaca street life
More street sellers
Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Late afternoon flag folding ceremony
El Árbol del Tule is a tree located in the church grounds in the town center
of Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, approximately 9 km
east of the city of Oaxaca on the road to Mitla. It is a Montezuma cypress
and has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world.
Te second most important archeological site in the state of Oaxaca, and
the most important of the Zapotec culture. The site is located 44 km from the city of Oaxaca.
What makes Mitla unique among Mesoamerican sites is the elaborate and intricate mosaic fretwork
and geometric designs that cover tombs, panels, friezes and even entire walls.
It was in the month of June 2003 that the Volkswagen Sedán Última Edición was introduced.
This Final Edition consisted of 2,999 units for sale to the general public in Volkswagen
dealers across Mexico, while one (the last one to be produced), would be immediately
shipped to the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, testifying a historic age which
ended on July 30, 2003, when the last Volkswagen Beetle (the unit number 21'529,464) rolled
off the production line.
The Eurus Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in Latin America.
Breakfast in Chiapa de Corzo
Hotel La Ceiba, Chiapa de Corzo
Canyon de Sumidero
Canyon de Sumidero boat tour
San Cristóbal de las Casas
Founded by the Spanish in 1528. The city today is still the cultural capital of the
Chiapas state, and was designated a 'Pueblo Mágico' by the Mexican government in 2003.
It has retained much of its Spanish colonial character in its street plans and architecture,
and has a large indigenous population made up primarily of Tzotzil- and Tzeltal-speaking Mayans.
For many visitors, San Cristóbal is associated with the Zapatista uprising and its charismatic
leader Subcomandante Marcos, who suddenly seized control of the city center in January 1994
demanding justice and equal rights for the state's large and neglected indigenous population.
Although the Zapatistas did manage to achieve some of their aims, most of their goals have
yet to be met, and the the movement continues to simmer.
Chapulines / grasshoppers
Facultad De Derecho Universidad Autonoma De Chiapas
San Cristóbal street life
A great place for drinks and lunch in San Cristóbal
The market in San Cristóbal with the best prices in Mexico
Casa Na Bolom
Home of the Danish archeologist Frans Blom (1893 - 1963) and his wife, Swiss Gertrude (1901 - 1993),
Frans was documentary photographer, journalist, environmental pioneer, and jungle adverturer.
Chapel in Casa Na Bolom
Library in Casa Na Bolom
Barrio del Cerrillo, San Cristóbal de las Casas
San Cristobal central market
Restaurant Tuluc, for the best food in San Cristobal de las Casas
San Lorenzo Zinacantán
A Tzotzil community, is most well-known for its church
and Sunday flower market. Men wear distinctive embroidered pink or purple tunics,
while women wear richly embroidered purple shawls and skirts. No photographs at
all of the interior or exterior of church are permitted.
God wil protect
San Juan Chamula
The Tzotzil village of San Juan Chamula is primarily known for its
distinctive church as well as its colorful Sunday market.
The church of San Juan, is filled with colorful candles, and smoke from
burning copal resin incense, commonly used throughout southern Mexico.
Along the walls of the church, as in many Catholic churches, are dressed-up
wooden statues of saints in large wooden cases, many wearing mirrors to
deflect evil. The local form of Catholicism is a blend of pre-conquest
Maya customs, Spanish Catholic traditions, and subsequent innovations.
The floor area is completely covered in a carpet of green pine boughs.
Curanderos (medicine men) diagnose medical, psychological or ‘evil-eye’
afflictions and prescribe remedies such as candles of specific colors and
sizes, specific flower petals or feathers, or a live chicken.
The specified remedies are brought to a healing ceremony. Chamula
families kneel on the floor of the church with sacrificial items, stick
candles to the floor with melted wax, drink ceremonial cups of Posh,
artisanal sugar-cane-based liquor, and chant prayers in an archaic
dialect of Tzotzil.
Back in San Cristóbal de las Casas
Maya girls, young mothers
San Cristóbal central market
Cathedral of St. Christopher
The pope visited San Cristóbal a few days ago
Entree for dinner in TierrAdentro, Calle Real de Guadalupe, San Cristóbal de las Casas
next: Guatemala and Mexico part 2