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monkeylady's Travels to Mexico

A guest post by the awesome monkeylady, a regular in our Forums.

My husband Monkeymister and I are deeply interested in the Mayan history of southern Mexico and beyond. This past March, we made another trip to the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site in the southern Mexican state of Campeche, which borders on Guatemala. Calakmul encompasses 2792 square miles and archaeologists estimate that thousands of unexcavated Mayan ruin sites exist here. On this trip, we visited two sites, Balamku and Becan, both within the Biosphere. Balamku features a large, elaborate plaster façade. Dating from the early Classic Period (300-500 AD), it is one of the largest surviving stucco friezes in the known ancient Mayan world. Becan is an elegant Mayan city featuring a huge defense ditch, or becan, and it dates from the early Classic Period 550 BCE. Because of the ditch, the development and siting of buildings within the city was uniquely compressed.

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
Jungle access to Balamku

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
Main palace, Balamku

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
Stuck in the mud on the way to unexcavated ruins with guides

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
A Yucatan Jay letting us know that we are NOT invited to breakfast

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
A Mayan street at Becan

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
Main pyramid at Becan

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
Mask frieze at Becan

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
Central Plaza, Izamal, Yucatan, sacred Mayan city.

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
Entrance to a pyramid in the middle of the city of Izamal. There are four such pyramids within the commercial district limits, with neighborhood and houses, right across the street.

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
A traditional Mayan house in Izamal

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
A closeup of the Temple of the Soldiers, Chichen Itza

monkeylady in Mexico | TOM BIHN
monkeylady going on a stroll with her trusty Side Effect in color Aubergine

monkeylady, retired and living in the Seattle area, avidly tends her one-acre ornamental and vegetable garden along with her many chickens, and in her spare time travels to indulge her love of tropical plants, animals, and ancient ruins.

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  • Vicki

    I posted a link to this article, along with one of your photos (which didn’t automagically come up on Facebook), on Facebook. I love your photos and this motivates me to get off my beaten path next time I go to Mexico. Thanks so much, Monkeylady!

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