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We left San Francisco on September 7th 2008 and are off to see the world in our Tayana 37 Pilot House cutter.
Active Transport's Photos - Teotihuacan
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Before we got cut loose from our guide to expore the ruins we were given a demonstration of some of the pigments that the indigenous people used in fabrics and paints.  He took a little grey blog of an insect off a piece of prickly pear cactus and when he smashed it it made the bright red color on the left hand corner of the envelope Shawn is holding.  That was the famous cochineal dye.  The yellow stripe comes from something that looked like a little dry twig.  We gave him $5 for the envelope with some post cards in it.  The pyramid of the moon is in the background.
This is one of the many frescoes that are on the walls of various rooms in the buildings near the pyramids.  They dont allow flash photography so we were limited to getting pictures of things that had enough daylight for photography.  mortar joints that have little stones set in them mark the areas of the structure that were restorations.  The areas without the little stones are original.
Shawn climbed the pyramid of the sun and tookthis shot of the pyramid of the moon at the end of the long avenue of the dead.
Here we are standing on the pyramid of the moon.  They dont let you climb the whole way up (John was not disappointed). The photo was taken by our friends Raphael and Rita who were also on the tour.  There were a lot of Mexicans and Mexican Americans on our tour.
This is an image of jaguar that is about 1500 years old and still shows vivid colors.
Here is a shot of the pyramid of the sun Shawn climbed to the top of this one while John contemplated the pyramid from more of a Zen perspective.  Notice how the pair of upper staircases are not the same width or even parallel to each other.  Given the almost perfect symmetry of construction of the pyramids, its hard to believe that the differences in the two staircases is an accident
The folks who designed this park did an incredible job of making the entrance as dramatic as possible. You walk around a corner in the jungle setting and there it is, the Mayan city rising out of the jungle. This was our first Mayan site and probably the most impressive so far. Our local tour guide was the best we had on the entire trip. In addition to the standard tour of the ruins we took a jungle tour that let us see some of the un-excavated parts of the city.
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Who: John and Shawn
Port: San Francisco, California
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