Finally, El Tajin

Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Friday, January 11, 2008

On another day, we went with Bev, Dave and the kids to finally visit the ruins at El Tajin. Claire, the wife of Alba Yuri's manager was our guide to get there, so we wouldn't get lost again. It was a really nice day and not too hot so we could walk around without a problem. Also, our previous aborted trip to El Tajin had been on a Sunday and it was very crowded, both with tourists and the vendors around the entrance. Then, on this second trip, during the week, it was much nicer and not crowded at all.

As I said before, El Tajin is an important archeological site and covers a large area. The most important structure is the 365 Niches Pyramid.
They've only excavated about 20 of the 100 or more structures, so there's always more work going on. There's also a small museum near the entrance with some explanations.

Terry and I walked around a good part of the structures and I was pleasantly surprised that my normally aching back and legs let me do as much as we did. The McGregors went on a little farther than we did and the kids had a good time climbing on the few structures that allow it. All of the taller structures have signs posted saying not to climb them, both for safety and not to perhaps damage the structures, as well.

After exploring the ruins, we watched the "Voladores" fly down from the top of their 100' pole. Their colorful native costumes and their music of drums and flutes added to the spectacle of their 'flying'.

Then we also browsed some of the shops and Terry purchased a really nice white Mexican dress shirt (sort of the same style as the Philippino shirts) for about US$12 and I got a light-weight sort of 'peasant' style blouse for about US$10. Terry has worn his a lot more than I have mine.

Also, on the way back, we stopped at a roadside stand to buy tangerines and oranges. Fruit is one of the few things that are still great bargains. We bought 50 oranges and 50 tangerines (both of which were delicious) for only about US$5.!!

In the last couple of days before we left the Emerald Coast, a group of four RVs and then a caravan with 22 RVs arrived at Alba Yuri's! It was fun watching them all maneuver and fit themselves into the spaces. They really filled up the park. Unfortunately, all those extra RVs really drained the already weak electricity, making it difficult for most of us and some RVs didn't even plug in and preferred to boondock.

For those of you that don't know the term 'boondocking' as we RVers use it, it simply means to camp without using any external hook-ups to electricity, water or sewer and only using the generators and tanks onboard the RV, etc. Many RVers have extra generators and/or solar panels to be independent from needing outside sources.


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Hasu Chandra das on

very nice family...

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