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Campeche Day 5-Edzna Archeological Zone and Fort San Miguel.

Awakened about 5 a.m by birds, I peered outside and saw that it was still dark.  About 6 it was quiet and I looked out of my 3rd floor viranda to a beautiful west-facing view of the gulf of Mexico.

Before breakfast in the hotel, I walked to waterside and followed the seawall, which had a pedestrian walk, a runner's track, and a bikeway.  There were many old cannons which may have been used against pirates who frequented the Gulf in the late 1500s  Along the seawall I met a man selling a stack of Panama hats.  I bought one because the rest of this trip would be made up of outdoor activities visiting Mayan ruins.  Breakfast was at 8:30 and the hotel put out a nice buffet with fresh fruit, juices, and eggs.

Campeche Waterfront




We departed the hotel in two vans for Edzna ruins and Fort San Miguel.  "Edzna" must mean 'crazy driver' in Mayan!  Both van drivers drove much to fast, swerving around slower vehicles on the two-lane road.  We were all exhausted by the time we got there and some changed vans for the trip back.

Our tour of Edzna began at 10:45 a.m with huts containing 12-foot stone slabs with drawings on them.  Our guide related that there are 25 square miles in the Edzna site.  Twenty to thirty thousand people lived here.  However, the stones used in the buildings came from 260 KM away.  The high temple with the steep stairs and the rope up the stairs for stability of climbers has the legend that on May 3 the sun shines in the doorway at the top and iluminates the stucco therein and the Mayans knew to plant at that time.  120 days later, it shines on the same spot and they know to harvest.   I climbed this monument using the rope in the pictures.  I had a great view of the flat country surrounding the site. The tour lasted about 2 hours and it got hot at the end.




Returning to Campeche, our driver let the first madman go ahead and we traveled at a much safer speed.  We arrived behind them at the San Miguel fort before they had gotten out of the van.  I asked the riders in that van if he drove more safely and they said, "No."  Each van had a large cooler with iced bottled water and the air conditioner felt wonderful.  We passed crops of oranges, tomatoes, corn, date palms, and watermelons.

We stopped at Fort San Miguel which is on a hill above the coast near town.  It is a beautifully restored fort with a mote, draw bridge, and a cannon at each outlet.  This beautiful site for photographs may be my favorite site of the trip.

Fort San Miguel






We went down to the sea-level colonial city and had lunch at 3 near the old city wall.  I walked past more old city walls a few blocks from the sea wall then I followed the sea wall back to the Hotel del Mar.  It was warm on the walk, so upon my return I showered, downloaded pictures and took my laptop at 6:30 to the lobby to show our group the 'dailies.'


Marganzo Restaurant


ex Templo de San Jose

Following cocktails, we walked to a nearby restaurant with second floor balcony overlooking the Cathedral and Square below.  It was a pleasant evening, shirtsleeve weather, the cathedral was lighted, our company and dinner was excellent.  I enjoyed dinner and shared wine with Lee of the U.K., who was inspecting this tour and who plans to represent it to his clients in Europe, Ed Sanchez, US citizen who moved to a lakeside community in Mexico years ago.  We walked on many blocks to a section of the old wall that had a sound and light show which took place along the wall.  At one time we walked along the top of the wall, between 2 city gates, to move on to another scene in the play.  Afterward, we walked back to the hotel for another good night's sleep.

Campeche After Dark

Cathedral of Campeche



The cathedral viewed from our table!


Atop the old city wall.


1732 cannon in the fortified city wall entrance.

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