It is in Uxmal where historic Mexico is at its most beautiful and that our journey through the millennia begins, along the Yucatan Peninsula, land of Mayan culture.
The Cuadrángulo De Los Monjas comprises four buildings with many entrances that lead into various small rooms, typical of Puuc architecture. The 42 metre high Fortune Teller Pyramid is situated in the centre of the complex and the main entrance to the Nuns’ Quadrangle dates back to the 9th century and is flanked on both sides by columned halls.
Since the 10th century, the remains of the Pre-Columbian architecture of Chichen Itza have combined two cultures, the Maya and the Toltecs. The total number of steps that lead up to the temple, including those on each of its four sides, number an amazing 365 - one for each day of the year! The facades of its buildings are adorned with mosaics. Geometrical ornaments alternate with images of numerous deities and the heads of fantastic animals.
Today, the Isla de Cozumel, an island close to Yucatan, is the destination of luxurious cruise liners that lay anchor so that passengers can enjoy the local scenery. Whether feathered or scaled, the abundant variety of Yucatan’s animal kingdom is a fascinating sight both above and below water. The turquoise colored water of the bay makes it possible to view the seabed to a depth of 30 metres.
Women in traditional costume prepare tortillas, what Cortez once referred to as a ‘corn pancake’, is today an international favorite. Daily routine is just as it was hundreds of years ago and each season of the year determines the daily work of the rural population.
Ancient culture and snow white sandy beaches, this is the YUCATAN Peninsula!