Coati Bill, shooting the breeze with his buddy, Dr Death. Tulum, Mexico.
Coati Joe and the Missus, distant relations of Bill’s, at the ruins of Coba, Yucatán peninsula.
Yucatán postcard 1. View from breakfast. This past end-of-year, we decided to spend the holidays with the whole family near Tulum, on the Yucatán peninsula, near Tulum. We rented a house near the beach. Airbnb is definitely a great option. (Note: this was not the view from the house) 🙂
One flew over the Pelican’s nest.
(Note: all pelican pix (c)ourtesy my daughters. I never seemed to be able to grab my phone on time to take a decent shot)
The ball game at Cobá. The Maya had developed a very elaborate ball game where players of opposing teams had to hit the “hule” (rubber) ball through the ring at the top (centre right on the picha). Only shoulders, elbows and knees could be used. No hands. Obviously it was difficult to put the ball through the ring. When it happened, spectators fled the scene as the winning team could claim all their possessions… Cobá was one of the most important Maya cities in Yucatán, dating back to the Late Classic period (600-900 AD).
The Nohoch Mul pyramid at Cobá. Reported by Stephens in the mid 19th century, Cobá welcomes over 700,000 visitors a year. Go early. 🙂 A time quirk happens on the way: from Tulum or Akumal, the time changes, as you drive West, though the distance is only 70 kms, Cobá is one hour earlier… We arrived practically at the time we had left the house.
Postcard 2. Lie down on the beach, look up, and voilà… (Why are palm trees so evocative?)
There was a young lady of Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
(The only limerick I remember). Very appropriate for this entire bridge of street art set across the highway. The minute I saw it I knew I had to come back, stop, get off the car, watch out for other cars coming from behind and take all four sides of the bridge. Akumal means “The place of the turtles” in Maya. They supposedly still come to the beaches to lay down their eggs. Not sure how long it will last. Too many humans. But the murals are great.
Construction has been somewhat controlled on the coast. In height in particular, still, I guess most of the mangrove has been built on from Cancún to Chetumal on the Belize border. Decks like the one above, are many and built on the coral reef…
Tulum craft beer on the lower terrace of the house.
That bridge! Oh, that bridge! (The Goddess of the blue corn?) (There is blue corn in Mexico. Makes for tasty blue tortillas)
Beyond the shadow of a bird.
A modern roof at a restaurant. The technique is the same as a thousand years ago. Just palm fibers attached tight. Not a drop of rain comes through. No plastic.
Postcard 3. From the terrace. I generally don’t “do” sunset pix. The result is so far from the carnival of colours one sees in the actual sunset… But, hey! This is a post(card).
This little fella was quite ready to defend itself.
“You made my brown eyes blue”… Akumal, Quintana Roo.
Flocks and flocks of birds on the beach. Cute little “thangs”.
The head of an ancient God on the path along the beach.
“Bridge art”, Akumal.
Loos of the world series. Tulum.
A dead coral branch on the beach.
Live coral in the sea. Taken from one of the decks. The coral branches are like tree branches swinging and swaying with the tide. Very delicate. They can be broken by strong waves or swimmers.
Inside the forest where the ruins of Cobá are. Reminded me of Angkor. (Prelude to a “root series”)
Tulum is a unique Maya site, the only one built by the sea. As far as I know all sites are inland. It is one of the last cities built by the Maya around the 13th-15th century AD. ‘Seems to have functioned as a fishing centre. We’d gone there 25 years ago, and looked forward to going back but TBH, the crowds were daunting. We made the mistake of going in the afternoon, the place was literally swarming with people. “People” like us I guess, just too many thousands. It is one of the most popular archeological sites in the Yucatán peninsula. If you go, go in the very early morning.
A view of Tulum from the beach. The temple of the God of Wind, I believe.
Street art Tulum. I only later realized that this is Ixchel, the Goddess of the waning moon. (The clue is the serpent rolled on her head) She is also the mother of all Maya gods.
Thank you for flying with Equinoxio’s Pelican 316 Squadron… A very happy new year 2020 to all.