Mexico A group Trip witH exodus

We arrived in Mexico City the day of the Women's march against Donald Trump. He is not popular in Mexico.

Teotihuacan is comprised of massive pyramids north of Mexico City. The civilization collapsed prior to the arrival of the Aztecs. They practiced human sacrifice but not to the same extent as the blood thirsty Azetecs.

Imagine the labour force and engineering that would be required to build such a temple.

The skull of a scrificial victim encircled by jawbones of other victims at the temple of the feathered serpent.

These farmers are performing a fertility rite that is pre-Christian.

A carving on the temple of the Sun

A death mask placed on an ancient ruler.

A cathedral built on top of the former Azetec temple.

Popocatapetal, an active volcano that can be seen from Mexico City.

We travelled south to Oaxaca and the ancient site of Mont Alban.

The tour group. Our guide Eduardo is in the front with the green shirt.

A cathedral in the City of Oaxaca. There are many indigenous people in this beautiful city.

We have only met kind and generous people but.... Not everyone likes tourists. The sign says "Tourists go home, here there is a social war". Our guide was disgusted by such grafitti. Tourism is one of Mexico's major sources of foreign exchange.

Susan eating a grasshopper. It did not tast bad.

Outside of Puebla.

A golden fronted woodpecker

Our hotel in Oaxoca was a Spanish style home.

Outside of Oaxaca we visted a carpet making shop.

This woman showed us how she made various dyes from local materials.

Vermillion fly catcher.

The main plaza of San Cristobal de las Casas is a beatiful city in in the southern state of Chiapas. The city was named after Bartholomé de las Casas who was the Spanish bishop of Chiapas. He argued against the oppression and enslavement of the Indians by the Spanish. Some people have called him the father of modern anti-imperialism and anti-racism.

They have great chocolate in Mexico. This is a street in San Cristobal.

Our guide convinced these indigenous people to let us take their photo. Our guide will be print a copy of the photo and send it to them.

This canyon is part of a state park. It is full of wildlife.

Spider monkey.

A Mayan temple in the jungle at Tonina, near Palenque.

Agua Azul in Chiapas.

The Zapatistas are a revolutionary group who fought against the Mexican government. At one point under Commandante Marcos they captured the city of San Crystobal de las Casas. The violence has quieted down but has not disappeared. The sign says that in rebel territory the people command and the government obeys. Unfortunately the movent has lost many of its goals and has fallen into the hands of thugs who set up road blocks and extort money from travellers. Our guides took great care to avoid danger.

Palenque is a fabulous Mayan ruin which was long lost in the tropical rainforest. The Mayans were very interested in astronomy and particularly so in the movements of the planet Venus. Unfortunately there is little evidence about what the Mayans actually knew about astronomy. This has left the field open for all sorts of baseless theories and conjecture which suggest that the Mayans could predict all sorts of astronomical events and even goes so far as to suggest that they were in contact with aliens. The Mayan civilization was clearly amazing in its own right even though it was clearly very warlike like most civilizations..

The temples Bonampak have fabulous preserved murals. The sight is relatively deserted so it is very pleasant.

On December 31, 2012 a large number of people gathered at Palenque believing that the Mayans had predicted the end of the world. As has been the case with all such predictions, nothing happened.

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