Before I got distracted by those Mayans and Aztecs I was intending to post about our Mexico trip. Those past civs have a deeper pull on me than I knew. And I’m not finished yet. BUT… Day 2: We continue exploring the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort.
This place is big.
It can take a day or two to look around at everything.
Boo Hoo … Life is so Hard
But mostly I was interested in two things: The beach and the Food. I was disappointed on both counts. The beach was rocky with LOT of rocks in that water. It was treacherous to go in there without some kind of footwear.
This was a major disappointment for me because swimming in the ocean is a huge deal for us landlocked prairie boys – and definitely a main reason that I come here.
See !? Rocks. Lots of ’em.
The food also proved not as good as previous Resorts we’d been to. At first we thought this might be another affect of Covid – that has influenced so many things. But when we later went to another Resort nearby the food was excellent. I hate to complain about this because we are SO spoiled in Canada.
Pretty good really.
Other people in this world would consider this to be the feast of a lifetime. It was just not as good as what we had experienced before.
All in all, still a great time.
I’ve decided that in future I will take a lot more Videos instead of Still pics. I’m not very good at videos yet, but it still think it gives a better idea of things than Still images.
Native American Flute Maya Drone in E – Daniela Riojas – Quetzalcoatl Flutes
Throughout the the Resort we discovered at least 4 busts of King Pakal, the Great. This might not mean much to most people? But I have a direct recall of a past life here as a Mayan. (I was a peasant woman – not a Queen or King).
And I just love Archeological history.
Otherwise I would usually think that a visit here is just good luck.
But it’s not. I’ve simply returned to a place
where I have an important connection from the Past.
The first statue of Pakal (below) was the Resort entrance.
These busts are a rather poor interpretation of the original sculpture of King Pakal (below) that was found at the famous Mayan City of Palenque.
So we have a pretty good idea of what Pakal looked like.
Four of the statures were accompanied by a plaque
telling us something of ancient Mayan culture.
The Spanish were likely very disappointed with the Mayans
because the Mayans didn’t value Gold – they valued Jade
and thus had very little gold, which is what the Spaniards were after.
That didn’t deter the Spaniards from their brutal behavior however,
part of which they (sadly) burned all the Mayan books they could find.
What a treasure that would be for us now!
Below: Pakal’s jade death mask and jade necklaces found in his tomb.
With the restoration of many the many ancient Mayan Temples,
Cities and artifacts, I’d guess there’s been a strong resurgence
for the Mayan people and their culture.
And though the brutal Spanish chased the Mayans into the jungle
they were not decimated as were the Aztecs.
Below: An artists vision of Pakal based upon archeological finds.
It’s such fun.
So here’s what you do:
Get up and 6:00 am. (In the dark)
Call Taxi. Load bags.
Go to Airport.
Haul bags in; Check in;
Go through Security; Covid crap; etc. etc.
At about 11 am. you get on the plane.
Plane gets de-iced.
Flys South across the US.
Crosses Time Zones.
Arrive in Mexico at 8:00 pm.
5 and a half hour flight.
Get Taxi. Go to Resort.
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort
Outside I take a blurry pic (or is it just me?)
of Mayan King Pakal.
In the Lobby:
Check In: 10:00 pm. (In the dark)
16 Hours travel time?
Theme of the Resort is posted in Lobby.
“ECO” – Nature is the theme here. Jungle and animals.
Pardon my poor photos.
I hope they will still give you an idea of the place:
Looks pretty nice.
But we’re tired and hungry.
Grab a bite. Head to our Room.
The first thing we really wanted to see:
Did I ever dream I would be having such experiences?
Took me a couple of days to recover
and re-acquaint myself with snow.
The truth is, I don’t ‘travel well’ anymore.
So here’s some Free Advice:
Don’t wait till you retire to go Travelling.
I’ll show you.
This is the big pyramid at Coba/Yukatan/Mexico. It’s 120 steep and irregular stone steps. At one time I could run up those steps in less than a minute.
Now it would take me an hour – with periodic rests.
Soon I won’t be able to do it at all.
And I really wanted to.
But God saw me coming – and spared me.
Because they recently stopped people from climbing the pyramid.
I believe they finally realized that these valuable artifacts are being destroyed by thousands of people clamoring over them every year.
But I think there’s also another reason they stopped it:
A fellow traveler told to me that about 2 people
were being killed here every year.
Not to mention a number of injuries.
I believe it.
You can see how steep that is –
with a number of people coming down on their rumps.
The safe way.
But I was still disappointed.
Yet also happy.
Because these very valuable artifacts need to be protected.
As they should be.
Curiously I noticed 3 vultures at the top of the pyramid.
Possibly waiting for me to sacrifice myself.
But that was another lifetime.
Today I was spared by the Gods.