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Old 12-23-2012, 09:21 AM   #676
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In and around the Yucatan, there are lots of caves because there is lots of limestone here. Plus there are no mountains here. I never got over 500 feet in elevation. As compared to the rest of Mexico which is all mountains. It seems like most of the time I was over 7000 feet.
So I saw this sign for these caves so I stopped, paid my 50 pesos and had the cave to myself. I brought a couple of flashlights and explored some of the father reaches of the cave.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:23 AM   #677
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Here's one of the smaller passages without lights and steps
You need to make sure you know your way out......it's really dark in the there

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #678
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X'tacumbilxuna'an is the name of the cave in case you cared.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:29 AM   #679
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Uxmal

Uxmal was really cool. It had more people there but it was still not over done as I would find out with Chichen Itza.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:34 AM   #680
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Warning.....
Not all the ruins are created equal
Some of the ruins you can climb around on and some are roped off. Uxmal was one you could play on (for the most part)

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #681
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The detail carved in to the stone was amazing. And there were pieces just lying around that you could put in your backpack and take home that were carved over 1000 years ago. Just bring a big backpack as these stones weigh over 100 pounds

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #682
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Everyone loves a nice pyramid

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:39 AM   #683
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Love the building and architecture too

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:40 AM   #684
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It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:42 AM   #685
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Here's my favorite shot. It shows the ruins emerging from out of the jungle
It kind of captured the moment for me

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:43 AM   #686
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Uxmal

Yours truly at Uxmal

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:48 AM   #687
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Again after a full day of splunking and climbing on Mayan Ruins, I was looking for a place to camp. I wasn't looking for anything special, just somewhere safe to sleep. And I found the perfect spot. It was a little building that was unused a ways off the road. It had a roof in case it rained again. It was clean and hidden from the road. I cooked up some meat and beans for dinner and listen to my Ipod.

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #688
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Cenotes Jotos

A cenote is a unground lake or aquafier.
Sometimes they are open at the top. Sometimes you have to climb in to a cave before you reach the water.
This one was in someones backyard. I paid 60 pesos not knowing what to expect. I went down the lighted steps being careful not to bump my head on the top of the cave opening.
About 40 feet down, it got much warmer and there was the underground pool.
The cave was complete with stalagtites (I know its spelled wrong, but I think those are the ones that hang down.....right?)
And lots of bats too
I jumped on in. They said in places it was almost 100 feet deep. And the water was super clear.
I had it all to myself (which is just how I like it.....................most of the time
I brought my headlamp so I could swim way back in to the pitch black areas of the cave. As I was swimming, my light was shining on the bats flying all around me. I took some pictures but none really came out because it was just too dark and my camera and flash suck!
Now here is the funny part.........
I get out of the water and this guy in his 20's was there. His family own the place
I was speaking to him in my broken Spanish. He tells me that I should take my swimsuit off and wring it out.
I ignore him
He says it again
I pretend that I don't understand
He say it a thrid time.
I figure that maybe it was something that needed to be done so I wouldn't track water up the stairs.
I take off my swimsuit
He says something is"grande" as I put my underwear on
He then seemed to really like my underwear and tried to touch my cock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I slapped his hand away
I asked him if he was gay
He said yes
He said that the Mayans were gay too
I actaully heard that one
I grabbed the rest of my stuff and got the hell out of that cave.
I have been on the road for a while
I haven't had sex in a while
And that moment just confirms that I am definitely NOT GAY!
BTW, the name of the cenote is not Jotos.
I forgot the name. But that is the name I gave it.
If you find it, you will find out for yourself that you are in Cenote Jotos

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:11 AM   #689
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Chitzan Itza

Chitzan Itza is supposed to be the best of the ruins here on the Yucantan.
I think it was my least favorite
First I waited for 30 minutes just to buy a ticket. The ticket was more expensive than other places too. Plus I had to pay for parking. I think it was crowded because it was the first day of the new Mayan calendar. I meet some people from NYC that flew in just for that moment. They wanted to be there at noon because there was supposed to be a transfer of power. I didn't feel a thing!!!!!!!!!!!
But the main pyramid was impressive.

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:12 AM   #690
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