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After a delicious meal, with a full stomach and recharged energy, we decided to get going and finish our tour.
25 minutes from Mani, is the internationally famous city of Oxkutzcab “Land of Ramon, tobacco and honey”; the market here is one of the country’s primary exporters of citrus, so much that it is dubbed “The Garden of the State”, and is famous primarily for their harvest of sweet orange, which is boasted as the best of all the Yucatecan lands.
Here we had the chance of stretching our legs and eating the delicious cuisine of Mani. We walked thru the park enjoying our colorful surroundings. We visited the beautiful temple of Saint Francis, whose construction began on 1581 and ended in 1699. The high altar is presided over by a baroque altarpiece with sculpted Salomonic columns.
After an hour, we hastened to complete our journey.
We stayed there since night had fallen and it’s not recommended to go around these roads at night: the roads are narrow and visibility is poor.
The next day, not too early, we headed towards our next destination, only 20 minutes from Ticul: Santa Elena. Here we went to the Church of San Mateo, resting on the top of a hill, and we enjoyed a stroll through a little museum exhibiting precolumbian and colonial artifacts, as well as the “mummies of Santa Elena” found around these parts. The latter was quite unexpected.
We killed time until they opened the marvelous and internationally known archeological site of Uxmal. Here we enjoyed at our leisure the beautiful Pyramid of the Magician, The Governor’s Palace and a host of other buildings of which we took excellent photos.
We strolled around Uxmal for close to three hours, then drove about 13 minutes, 17 kilometers north, to arrive at Muna: “Soft Water”, a town that hosts the temple and ex-nunnery of “Asuncion,” built in the 17th century, and their artisan center in the main plaza.
Past noon, we drove approximately 49 minutes, admiring the scenery of these beautiful southern highways, and talked about our trip, reminiscing about our impressions and going over our photos. Finally we arrived at Uman “Noisy Road”, where we went to another Franciscan church, which used to be a Spanish nunnery in the 16th century. This one was of majestic proportions, with a stone facade and three arches. They told us to take an “ecological taxi” in the main plaza so we could finish our journey through the villa. Afterwards we boarded our own vehicle and drove home.
Hello there again!
Let’s continue the adventure, this time we are going to start with MAMA, which already sounds promising.
They left Tekit with the greatest satisfaction, their weekend had been all they expected so far. Still heading southeast of Yucatán, 10 minutes from Tekit, they stumbled upon MAMA “El agua del abuelo materno” a.k.a. “Grandfather’s maternal water” (yeah we still don’t know what is up with these names). Beautiful temples as well as the franciscan ex-convent can be seen here, both really wonderful.
They kept driving and reached Chumayel “Lugar de las semillas” (The seed’s place), according to some of Yucatan’s history books, this is the birthplace of the mayan’s most sacred document; “El Chilam Balam”.
You can visit the “Purest Conception” convent built in the XVI century, here is where the famous black wooden Christ is, you can ask the locals for more information regarding this matter.
Seven minutes further into the souteast road you will find Teabo “Tu aliento” (Your breathe). According to locals, this place is known for 2 attractions: The Parish and the Ex Convent of San Pedro and San Pablo, which were built during the XVII century.
Inside there’s an altarpiece with a couple of caryatids columns and the Chapel of the Indians.
Hunger was starting to invade their stomachs but managed to stay alive till they reached Maní, where the most emblematic of all convents is, due to the tragic story behind its walls. Nevertheless. few people know the story, “Auto de fé de Maní“, by Fray Diego de Landa, one of the most important evangelizers of all times.
Story tells that in the convent’s atrium, Landa destroyed a big part of the cultural heritage as well as some codices from the ancient mayans, the reason is still unknowed but, to this day it has been considered as one of the darkest and saddest moments in Yucatan´s history. The convent has been dedicated to San Miguel Arcángel, the first ever built in the state.
They could not miss the opportunity of eating at the famous “Príncipe Tutul Xiu”, where (according to locals and tourists) you can find the best regional dishes, handmade tortillas, limemonade and a variety of delicious sauces.
Everything about this place is a delight, it was very difficult for them to leave, but the journey had to continue. Next stop: Oxkutzcab.
Don’t miss the outcome of this adventure on the next episode, here on mayantravel.net!
If you missed the first episode you can check it out here!/ “Crónica de un viaje por el legado Franciscano en Yucatán” Primera parte
Friday night, David and Erika enjoyed their usual coffee break at the famous Paseo de Montejo. She mentioned, again, how badly she wanted to take an adventure trip like they used to when they were in college.
“I heard about an excursion called ‘The Convent’s Route’ we should try it. It’ll probably be a nice change for the weekend”, commented David. “When should we go?”.
Early the next day they filled their backpacks with the essentials such as: water, sunblock, medicine, -let’s not forget- bathing suits and several changes of clothing.
They drove southeast towards Campeche and 26 kilometres before reaching the city the found the little town of Acanceh a.k.a “The deer’s whimper”
Its main attraction is “Plaza de las 3 culturas” (Square of the 3 cultures); named after the architectural fusion found from the prehispanic, colonial and contemporary eras.
In front of the square there’s a pyramid located, literally, between houses where you can enjoy the town’s life activity, as well as the chapel dedicated to Virgen de Guadalupe.
The next stop, TECOH a.k.a. “El lugar del Puma” (The Panther’s place). Asking around they stumbled across the temple dedicated to the Virgen de la Asunción, an interesting fact about this church is that it was built on top of the base of a mayan pyramid.
Upon entering you can enjoy the view of an amazing altar as well as some early paintings.
The local suggested them to detour to the Noh Mozón pit, but they didn’t have the time so the continued with their original route.
Enjoying the mayan vibe they moved on to the majestic city of Mayapán: “La Bandera de los Mayas” (The flag of the mayans).
After paying a fee less than 4dlls, they entered the beautiful and tranquil zone of Mayapán, which has been compared to Chichen Itzá and Cobá, for its outstanding landscape.
From the top of the Castillo de Kukulkán’s replica you can admire the amazing views that takes you back in time, as you imagine the majesty of this enigmatic civilization.
Continuing down 19 kilometres South of Mayapán you’ll reach TEKIT a.k.a. “Lugar de Desparramiento”. At this point the expectations were really high as the trip had been a complete success, so far.
Here they visited the San Antonio de Padua’s Parish, which looked like a museum.
Strolling through the park they stopped to get some beverages and food. Back in the car they realized they had traveled 64 kilometers from Mérida to that specific point. And the best was yet to come…
Don’t miss the second part of this journey, here on mayantravel.net
Let the adventure go on!