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    Dzitnup cenote

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 13, 2006

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    Dzitnup cenote

    Not far from Valladolid there are a few cenotes (sinkholes) worth visiting. I visited the Dzitnup: it's not like the cenotes you usually see in the pictures, basically because there's no large hole at the top.

    This cenote is more like an underground lake inside a cave, with a very small "hole" or "skylight" at the top, from which very little light can enter. This is enough to see how clear and transparent the water is... there are even some fishes, there.

    of course it's possible to swim in this cenote... before going down inside the ground, look at the building on th right: it's the changing rooms. This cenote is located about 4 mils south-east of Valladolid

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    Felipe Carrillo

    by darthmilmo Written Mar 5, 2003

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    Anyway, the second half of the day I went to Felipe Carrillo Puerto to visit the Mayan temple of la Sagrada Cruz Parleante. This is a true Mayan temple, which blends the cross with native Mayan beliefs

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    Tihosuco

    by darthmilmo Updated Mar 5, 2003

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    I visited Tihosuco to see its unique museum about the Mayan Caste War. This museum shows the struggle that faced the Maya since the first Europeans arrived until the 1930's. The descendents of the Mayan fought hard against oppressive westerners with little success. In fact, from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's the Mayan rebels almost took charge of the Yucatan peninsula, however, they were stopped by the Yucatan forces, and later the Mexican forces. I learned an interesting historic point in this Museum. Similar to Texas, the Yucatan peninsula separated from Mexico in the 1800's and formed its own country. The shortly lived republic rejoined Mexico later that century.

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    Coba

    by darthmilmo Written Mar 5, 2003

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    The third day I went to Coba, which has the second largest pyramid in the peninsula. Coba is definitely a nice site with unique buildings among the Yucatan jungle. From the top of the huge pyramid one can see miles and miles of beautiful vegetation and ruins.

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    Chichen-Itza

    by darthmilmo Written Mar 5, 2003

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    I went to the tourist stricken Mayan site of Chichen-Itza. All I can say is that the site is amazing for sure, but not the best. The main tour attraction is the main plaza with the Castillo (huge pyramid/Mayan calendar), the ball court, and the temple of the 1000 columns. Chichens true beauty, however, lies in the site as a whole, with the Southern area of the complex and the northern cenote (sacred water whole). Chichen is further divided into two large sections: Chichen Nuevo, which is the area where the high priests and important residents lived (this is also the area that's typically visited by tourists); and Chechen Viejo, which is where the labor class lived. Oh, Chichen Viejo is closed indefinitely for renovations (plan on not having access to that area if you're headed there... when will they finish? no one is sure!). This is a must see sight folks so don't be shy and go :).

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    Beautiful cenote Zaci

    by ciaobella55 Written Oct 7, 2010

    Cenote Zaci is right in town just a few blocks from the main plaza, but it seems like worlds away. So blue with beautiful green ferns and palms, it's like a mini oasis.

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