But first, we had to get there! You know that we like to do things inexpensively, but sometimes we are too cheap for our own good. We found out that it should cost 120 pesos ($9.60) to simply take a taxi to the ruins site about 22 kms (13.5 miles) away. But we had lots of time so we figured we'd try taking the local buses.
First, we flagged down a motorcycle taxi for the almost two kms into town. This town has these little buggies pulled by a small motorcycle. They don't go very fast, but you wouldn't want them to! It's just better than walking and only cost 5 pesos (40 cents). Then, we caught the bus to Cuernavaca and asked the driver to let us off where we could catch another bus going in the direction of the ruins. This bus cost 15 pesos ($1.20). He let us off and we walked across the road to catch another bus. We asked a couple of ladies who were waiting if they knew how to get to the ruins, and they didn't seem sure but we ended up getting on the same bus as them after they spoke to the driver and then nodded their heads at us. This bus cost 12 pesos (96 cents). By the way, we haven't spoken English to anybody but ourselves since Lindsey and Cameron left! By the time we got to the next town we actually saw signs pointing to the ruins site about 10 kms away. But then the bus driver stopped and told us we had to get off at this stop if we wanted to go to the ruins. Okay, so we got off and there were a bunch of taxi's around. By this point, we asked the driver how much to get to the ruins and he said 70 pesos ($5.60) so we hopped in the taxi. So it cost us a total of 102 pesos to get there, where it would have 120 pesos to take a taxi right from the beginning. We saved a whole 18 pesos ($1.44)!
Then, it was 57 pesos ($4.56) each for admission. This included entrance to the museum, where we went before the ruins.
Some of the artifacts found at the site.
Ruth, and the grand pyramid.
It was a Sunday, so there were a few people around.
But the site is so big that sometimes it felt like we were the only ones there. There were three separate "ball courts". Most ruins sites only have one.
Kevin, and the detailed carvings on the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.
Ruth, overlooking some of the ruins.
A bit of a lineup to get into the observatory.
The observatory was interesting. It was an underground chamber that lets in a ray of light to allow study of the movement of the sun. I'll let you read the following to get a better idea, but the Mayan's had some smart people among their population. Will the world end in 2012? Nope, that's just some stupid people among today's population!
Beautiful views in all directions.
The third ball court is situated lower down. It is one of the most preserved examples of a ball court, with the round hoops on either side of the court still intact. You can see a little beyond the ball court where there are ruins that have not yet been excavated.
They figure there were over 20,000 people living in this city between 700 and 900 AD.
Today will be a relax day and we'll just hang around Sherman and get some cleaning and tidying up done. The driving restrictions in the greater Mexico City area mean that based on our licence plate we are not able to drive on Mondays. And even at other times, only after 11:00am. We could apply for a tourist permit to get around that, but we just don't think it's worth taking the risk because fines for breaking the rules are very high.
So we've paid for two more nights at this RV park, and tomorrow we'll head out of here.