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My Trip to the Ancient Ruins of Mexico and Guatemala in 2001 - Picture Page 1

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Between October 20, and November 6, 2001, I visited many places in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. You can find pictures of the following places (ruins in CAPS) on the following pages:

Basilica de Guadelupe & the miraculous Virgin Mary painting - Page 1
Belize - Page 23
BONAMPAK - Pages 16
Bus and Hotel Information - Page 34 Campeche - Pages 23
EDZNA - Pages 24, 25, 26, 27
Flores, Guatemala - Page 20
Lancandon Maya Indian village - Pages 19
Mexican National Anthropology Museum - Pages 4, 5, 6
Mexico City - Page 1
MITLA - Pages 10, 11, 12
MONTE (MOUNT) ALBAN - Pages 7, 8, 9
Oaxaca - Page 10
PALENQUE - Pages 14, 15
Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes - Page 33
Santa Maria el Tule ánd ´El Arbol´ (The Tree) - Page 10
TEMPLO MAYOR - Page 1
TEOTIHUACAN - Pages 2 & 3
Texolo Falls - Page 28
TIKAL - Pages 20, 21, 22, 23
Usumacinta River on the Mexico-Guatemala border - page 17
Veracruz - Page 28
Xalapa Museum of Anthropology - Page 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
YAGUL - Pages 13
YAXCHILAN - Pages 17, 18, 19
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There are approximately 800 pictures. Yes, 800 pictures. You have to go to page 20 just to get to the start of the Guatemala pictures. So hang in there, if you want to see them all.




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Mexico City,
Templo Mayor
Basilica de Guadalupe
TEOTIHUACAN #1 TEOTIHUACAN #2
Mexico City National
Anthropology Museum
Mexico City Museum #2 Mexico City Museum #3
MONTE ALBAN #1 MONTE ALBAN #2 MONTE ALBAN #3
El Arbol,
Oaxaca, MITLA #1
MITLA #2 MITLA #3
YAGUL PALENQUE #1 PALENQUE #2
BONAMPAK Usumacinta River,
YAXCHILAN #1
YAXCHILAN #2
YAXCHILAN #3,
Lancandon Maya village
Guatemala,
TIKAL #1
TIKAL #2
TIKAL #3 TIKAL #4,
Belize,
Campeche
EDZNA #1
EDZNA #2 EDZNA #3 EDZNA #4
Veracruz,
Texolo Waterfalls
Xalapa Museum of Anthropology #1 Xalapa Museum #2
Xalapa Museum #3 Xalapa Museum #4 Xalapa Museum #5,
Xalapa,
Volcanoes
Bus Schedules
& Hotel Info
Maya Books

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As you can tell, these pictures are small. If you would like to see a copy of this page with LARGE pictures, click on this link:
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On occasion, you will see my walking stick in a picture. This is to provide some scale to the object shown. My walking stick is 48 inches or approximately 1.2 meters long. Here are two photos to show you how big it is.

Top Half

Bottom Half

And now, the adventure begins...

Well, I made it to Mexico City. The pictures you see below were taken at the Zocalo, or town square.


The ruins are called the Templo Mayor, or Great Temple. It was discovered during some excavations to build something else here. The Templo was one of the main centers for the Aztec, or Mexica, Indians living in the valley of Mexico.








To add a bit of scale to this picture, you can see my shadow to the left of the serpent head.

Museo del Templo Mayor an excellent website about the museum








One of the Indian dancers working for tips in the Zocalo.






The flag in the middle of the Zocalo is VERY big. To check the scale, look at the person at the bottom of the pole.



According to most sources, Juan Diego (Cuauhtlatoatzin), a Nahua, sees the apparition of the Virgin Mary on a hill called Tepeyacac in Mexico again on December 12, 1531. He first saw her on December 9th. According to Juan Diego, the Virgin Mary instructs him to carry some roses in his macehualli (a cloak) to the local Bishop as proof of her appearance. When the macehualli is opened before the Bishop, an image of the Virgin Mary appears on the cloak among the rose petals. The macehualli is still on display in the church (Our Lady of Guadalupe) built to honor the event. Here are some pictures of the Basilica de Guadelupe & the miraculous painting of the Virgin Mary. This is in Mexico City.

The new church


Inside the new church


The Cloak. The church is set up so you can walk directly underneath the cloak without disturbing the services.


The old (original church). It was replaced because it is sinking into the old lakebed.


Yes, it is tilted.

There was a surprising army presence around the church.

These are a couple of street signs in Mexico City.





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