In the shadows of giants
Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
51Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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Rio Bec Dreams
Yesterday we explored the grandest and lesser known ruins of Calakmul. Calakmul is remote even by our standards; it’s over two hours away from our hotel and we are one of the closer ones. All the guide books will tell you there is neither food nor water to be had at the site and we think we figured out why. If I were a vendor, I wouldn’t want to drive 80 minutes one-waydown a narrow road in the hopes that the few visitors might buy my stuff. Even the ‘guides’ wait out at the highway and not AT the park. The park is the largest bio-reserve in Mexico but the ruins only cover 25 sq. km. They are home to the tallest Mayan pyramid, from the top of which you can see Guatemala (30 kms to the south.) Its rival city was Tikal (in Guatemala.) It is a fantastic park for kids since you can still climb on all the ruins... and to the top of that tallest pyramid.
There is also plenty of wildlife. Shortly after walking the 1km from the parking lot into the ruins, about 100m behind us, up in the trees, we heard a loud and disturbing noise
We had just enough energy left to make the long walk back to the van and drive two hours back to our hotel and wait (and wait) for dinner. If we had more days like this, I would be losing weight, not gaining it.
I would like to just take a moment here to mention that I am not the only who has put on weight. For the first time in his life, Jeff has a belly!
For our second day of exploring ruins, we went to Chicana and Becan – both quite close to our hotel. Chicana has a fabulous mural of an open mouth done in relief but is otherwise not much compared to the sites we’d been to so far. Becan is better. And of course, you’re still allowed to climb on everything. It was our hottest temperature so far though (33 degrees C.) so we pooped out before we were able to really enjoy all of it.
Today we are picking up our clean laundry in town (always a treat) and heading for the coast… our farthest point from home.