Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mexico - Mayan ruins II

Simon's parents had to get back to their mission in Mexico City and we continued on our trip.  We saw a lot of ruins, 9 in total.  This is the next post of Mayan ruins.  It was actually great for the kids as well.  They could run around, climb and explore. It was interesting to see the differences at each sight.  The kids had their favorites by the end of the trip.  We also taught them a little bit about Mayan culture.


Edzna

These well preserved carvings were great.
  

 




Palanque
These were probably my favorite ruins.  It is set in the jungle and it felt very peaceful there. It is hard to believe that only 10 percent of the structures are actually uncovered.  The rest are still covered by the jungle.

some well preserved carvings


waterfalls in the middle of the ruins

The Palace

Temple of Inscription
 

The kids had a great time climbing up and exploring these temples.





Becan
We had a day of mostly driving and decided to stop at these ruins.  It was small, but really nice to explore.  They were a pleasant surprise.

These two just amaze me.  They are best friends.
 He is just cute!

 My handsome hubby
He somehow convinced met to climb the ruins behind him. 
  

 This little pumpkin.  
I think I held her for almost the entire three weeks and she loved it.
 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mexico trip - part 1

I realize that I haven't posted in months and months.  We have been super busy with a new baby and two moves.  We have moved back to the USA!!!  We miss our friends in Germany but are excited about returning as well.  Simon had a little bit of time in between jobs and we were able to take an incredible vacation to Mexico.  I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about it.  We had a lot on our plate, but it ended up being awesome.  We spent three weeks exploring Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes and relaxing on the beach.  First stop, Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
This is one of the wonders of the world.  It is not the largest Mayan site, but it is very well preserved.  The main temple is impressive.

Auburn posing as Chacmool
The Mayans would put offerings on a bowl of the belly of Chacmool.




 Simon's parents are serving a mission for our church in Mexico and we were able to meet up with them.

Sienna at Chichen Itza

Warming up to Grandma




Conley taking a break from running around all of the ruins.

Uxmal
The Uxmal ruins were the next stop.  The kids loved having Grandma and Grandpa with us.



We climbed up to get great views.


The detail on the buildings were really neat.  This one has a snake that goes across the building.

Auburn and Grandpa

Dzitnup Cenote
This was the first cenote that we saw.  A cenote is a natural sinkhole of limestone that is filled with water.  They are beautiful and so much fun to swim in.  We put out toes in these cenotes, but Daddy and Grandpa went swimming.



Campeche
We spent a night in this great little town on our way to Palanque and saw this beautiful church and rows of these colorful houses.