Having been in Progreso for two weeks, we decided it was time to do some touring. We arranged for a guide to take the six of us to see the Dzibilchaltun ruins (still can't say that yet) and do a tour of Merida. We arrived at the ruins around 9 a.m., which was great because it wasn't crowded, and it was overcast so it wasn't too hot yet.
Dzibilchaltun is a Mayan city and is the "place where there is writing on the stones." It was once a prosperous port and had a population of 20,000. Archaeologists have mapped about 35 km of the city although much cannot be seen due to growth of trees and vegetation. It was inhabited from 300 BC until the invasion of the Spanish in the early 1500s.
The Mayan civilization was one of the most advanced in the ancient world. It was spread over what is now Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Mexico.
Juan told us that many visitors all dressed in white come to see this spectacle.
A cenote is a natural pit or sinkhole formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. They were sometimes used by the ancient Mayan for sacrificial offerings.
Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, the statues and their symbolism have taken on a greater meaning.
We ended up back at Eladio's where Ed ordered and received a shrimp cocktail. What the heck is that and how do you eat it (or drink it)? I was still laughing at that the next day.