9.Izamal Day 9-Tour to Izamal, Sisel Factory, Hacienda
Our little remaining group of 5 met for breakfast at 7:30a.m.
in the hotel. Gabriel was our van driving guide again today,
as he had been yesterday for our Celestun trip. We headed for Izamal,
a Mayan city with the current city built among the Mayan ruins. On
the way, at 9:20 a.m., we stopped at sisel plant where the fibers were
removed from this agave-like plant and dried and made into twine, rope,
and handicrafts. In their handicraft store, I bought a dark, dyed
basket with lid for $1.50 US, a set of 6 natural colored sisal coasters
for $4. Each plant gives two crops per planting and mature in two years.
We Sad a bathroom and cold drink stop at a PeMex gas station nearby.
Sisel plantation, where the need for
a railroad network in Mexico began.
Conveyor belt taking sisel into plant.
The fibers in sisel.
A quick handed factory worker made us some twine.
At 10:25 a.m. we arrived in Izamal. We toured the
gigantic church, built on a Mayan pyramid, then drove to the nearby
oldest Mayan Pyramid. Two doors down was our lunch stop. At
l pm we left Izamal and started back to Merida. At 2 pm we stopped
and toured the 1683 Hacienda Teya, which has been restored to a hotel,
restaurant, and event center.