This is a reorganization of my original 2000 and 2001 trip websites. Here are the places where I took photos:
Basilica de Guadelupe, Becan, Belize, Bonampak, Campeche, Chichen Itza, Edzna, El Arbol del Tule, Flores,
Kabah, Labna, Lacanja Chan Sayab, Mexico City, Mitla, Monte Alban, Museum of Anthropology, Cultura Maya,
Chetumal, Palenque, Popocatepetl, Iztaccihuatl, Sayil, Templo Mayor, Teotihuacan, Texolo, Tikal, Uxmal,
Usumacinta, Veracruz, Xalapa, Xlapak, Xpujil, Yagul, Yaxchilan, and more...

They were both amazing trips. One was in September, the other in late October. I traveled mostly by bus. These
ranged from very fancy busses with onboard drinks and movies, to what I call "chicken busses" where people
actually did have animals onboard with them. The bus in the movie "Romancing The Stone" was a good example
of one of these busses. Overall, the bus system in Mexico is very good. I would often travel at night and sleep on the
bus. This way I saved the price of a room, and I was able to cover more territory.

I was completely on my own except for one 'package deal' I arranged to take me from Palenque in Mexico to Tikal in
Guatemala. They used a small van while in Mexico. We had an armed soldier with us because of concerns about bandits
on the roads in Chiapas. I also traveled on a couple of long, narrow boats while on the Usumacinta River which separates
Mexico from Guatemala. I did not have any reservations during either trip. The 2001 trip was about 18 days long. I had
a 14 day, unlimted bus pass for that one.

I cannot say enough about the wamth and friendliness of the Mexican people. The locals were quite helpful when
I asked for advise or directions. In many places, I was the only American around. I speak (or spoke, I'm out of practice
now) a fair bit of Spanish, so I could get along fairly well in the language. I was surprised by how few people actually spoke
Spanish when I was in the Maya back country. One incident in DF [slang for Mexico City (as in Districto Federal) by
the locals] surprised me. I was surprised to learn that avocado was not a Spanish word. They are called aguacates in Mexico.
The food was pretty good, and I fell in love with Pollo con Mole (chicken with spicy chocolate sauce).

My 2001 trip was just a month and a half after 9/11. Many of the Europeans I met wanted to talk to me about politics in
America. Almost everyone wanted to express their sympathies for what happened in New York and Washington, D.C.

I have broken down the photos to still be roughly in the same sections they were in when I first created this site. Now, each
area has it's own page which include all the pictures specific to that location or trip. If you'd like to see an enlarged
version of a specific photo just click on the small image. I have also added quite a few very old photos or drawings of some
of the ruins I visited. I thought the comparasons were interesting. The quality of some of my photos is a bit poor. At the time,
I was using a Sony Mavica digital camera. It stored the info on 3.5" floppy discs. I have done the best I could to clean up the
pictures. Some of them just will not get any better, or more in focus. Some places were poorly lit. Museums are not very well
lit for photographing. This is to protect the valuable items from fading.

I still have the bus schedules and hotel rates info pages. These are very much out of date now. I've kept them because they
still provide some to compare things to. There are also some photos of places which are not ancient ruins, such as the
Texolo Waterfalls.

The following index and link page is on each one of my main location pages. Just click on the area you want to visit, and you will
go to the appropriate page. There you will see a bunch of thumbnail photos which you can click on to see a larger version of
the photo. A couple of locations share a page. For example, photos for the ruins at Kabah, Xlapak and Sayil are all on the same page.

Enjoy,

Phil
June 2011





since September 4, 2005


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