Lots of people enjoying another beautiful day in Istanbul, Turkiye.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Antalya, Turkiye.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Paris, France on May 1st.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Puppies and ruins

The road out front of the Yax-Ha Trailer Park here in Calderitas has a nice bike friendly section that goes north of here. One bit branches off to go to the Oxtankah Mayan ruins. So we went for a nice bike ride with with Michel and Louise yesterday to go check them out. It was 6.2 kms (3.8 miles) each way.

Ruth and I had been there nine years ago, so it was interesting to see what has changed.

And it turned out to be not much... but it did seem bigger than we both remembered.

It's not a very busy ruins site, although being a Sunday there were a few people around. At the entrance, we got to talking to the lady checking people in at 55 pesos ($4.00 CAD, $3.00 USD) per person and had noticed one of the dogs lying around looked like she might have had puppies. Sure enough, the lady brought us around back to see the one week old puppies...

One week old puppies!

This is the jungle!

Small pyramid structure.

Louise, me and Ruth... on top.

A (plastic) skeleton in a grave.

Oxtankah Ruins.

What a structure looks like un-restored.

There is also the ruins of a 16th century Spanish church on the same site.

Nice to get out to get some exercise, and an interesting ruins site to visit. Especially enjoyable when you've pretty much got the place to yourself.

Spotted this Ani on a wire. A black parrot looking bird of the cuckoo variety.

Today, we have taxis arriving at 8:45am to take the group to Bacalar for a two hour boat tour and then lunch. Nice so far, but calling for rain later... we'll keep our fingers crossed!

Nice price drop on a big 8x16 RV Patio mat...

And in Canada...


  1. Ottawa in expecting a rainy week which will get rid of snow - about 10 ft. high where the ploughs have it piled.

    1. I think we will take the heat and the humidity here, thank you! :-)

  2. Nice tour, that plastic skeleton could last another thousand years:)

    1. Thanks, as for the plastic skeleton it will probably last that long as long as nobody touches it or it just might fall apart!

  3. Always nice when you can have a leisure day to explore.
    Bet you're glad not to be in Ottawa right now.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. We love to explore areas that aren't on the tourist map and this one is right up near the top of the list.

      Definitely glad we aren't in Ottawa right now!

  4. Another great day to explore and enjoy. Hope you are all having fun. Stay safe!

  5. A (plastic) skeleton in a grave....that is weird. Nice tour of the ruins.

    1. They use a plastic skeleton because they have either removed the original bones to a museum some place or many years ago the bones were stolen by looters.

  6. What the heck is this about getting his girlfriend back???
    Un-restored ruins look like piles of rocks! The part of Mexico looks hot and humid.
    How's the bugs ... biting?

    1. That was a spammer and it has now been removed, we just didn't have internet access at the time!

      Yep, that is what it would have looked like but science is amazing and now they can piece it all together and show us what the ruins used to look like. We think there are still so many more ruins sites out there that they either haven't found or just don't have the resources to restore them. Even at the sites that they have found, most are only 10 to 15 percent uncovered.

      Yes, this part of Mexico is definitely hot and humid, we love the area but can't wait to get back up into the mountains again where there is fresh cool air. :-)

  7. Nice to see some unrestored ruins. Must have been a real treat having the place to yourselves for a change. Heh? Thanks again for the beautiful pictures. Safe travels.

    1. There are a lot of unrestored ruins around the only problem is, is that they just look like a small hill with trees growing on it. It is nice though to find ruins sites that we have almost to ourselves.


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