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Road trip in Yucatan: a photographic journey

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Road trip, Yucatan, Mexico – I was driving from the Hacienda San Francisco de Tzacalha to the Hacienda Temozon a Starwood Luxury Collection. I was excited,  as I was moving from one beautiful place to another. However I would have never thought that the journey would  have been  as much fascinating as the destination. I keep being surprised by this land. It was difficult to explain in words why I was so enthused about what I was seeing  and so I though i would include in this article the most representative shots I took  during my road trip. I hope you will enjoy it. Most of the time visual communication  is much  better than words.

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@ San Francisco town – local house

 

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@ Dzidzantun – Ex convento de Santa Chiara – side

 

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@ Dzidzantun – Ex convento de Santa Chiara

 

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@ San Francisco Tortilleria – You will find thousands of this kind of store, as Tortillas is for Mexico like the baguette is for France, or bread in general is for Italy. In every typical  Mexican meal you will always find the tortillas on the table. Of course the principal ingredient for the world famous Tacos!  I asked this lady to pose for me and she hesitantly did it, thanks to  her friend on the rick show (here below)  pushed her to do so, after she herself got her paparazzi  too! At the beginning it was just one picture, but I though to give both of them their own personal space of fame.

 

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As per the above comment, here she is, on her private ride. This is the typical taxi that you will find all around Yucatan, in these small towns. Also when you will go to Homún, to the cenotes, this is how they will take you.

 

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@ Cansahcab – a corner of a local plaza -a closed restaurant – and a fruit store.  You will see a lot of Coca-cola logos around Yucatan. I got the impression that the national drink is the Coca Cola instead of the Tequila. Sodas are very popular drinks among the young crowd and not so young and Coca cola is the most popular. Luckily fresh fruit juice are replacing it.  Slowly but surely. In fact there are more and more fruit juice shops offering fresh fruit juice extract or frozen, made on the spot, with delicious Mangoes, Papaya, Watermelon, Melon, Tamarind, locally grown.  Make sure you will try  and start this healthy habit.

 

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@ Cansahab  secondary road – Local garage sale

 

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Henequen field in the surrounding  of Suma, where you will find one of the old Henequen Factory ( here below)

 

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My lovely “anfitrione” , a gentlemen who happened to be there to get his payment for his henequen leaves and offers himself very kindly to show me around and explain the henequen process. I was intrigued by his story and what he does there and I was so impressed by his genuine kindness and his love for his land. When I asked him if I could give him something for taking his time, he told me that there was absolutely no need for that because  he was indeed honoured to be able to speak about his land to an Italian. I smiled and  wholeheartedly thanked him .  The little carriages in the background are used to bring the  freshly extracted fiber from the leaves to the drying field (here below) where in just a few hours the dried fiber would have been ready to be collected, packaged and transported.

 

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@ town of Suma -Henequen drying field

 

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Virgen de Guadalupe Chapel – Very much venerated by the Mexican Catholic community, you will find a beautiful church named after the Virgen of Guadalupe in Mexico city, a popular  stop where they have recently built also the modern version of the church. Scattered around the country it will be easy to find smaller version of the so much prayed Virgin Mary.

 

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@ Xocchel – Church of Xocchel -as you can see here is a perfect example of what I found a recurrent theme in these towns, the church close to a large field which is normally used as a soccer field and a basketball court. It’s fascinating.

 

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Examples of the typical Ripio house. It has been readapted and turned into a beautiful hotel room at the Hacienda San Francisco de Tzacalha. A beautiful luxury remake.

 

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another funny house- I love the colour

Now, here below a precious town however there is a small detail that you must forgive me! I cannot recall nor find out the name! Can you believe that? Probably I was so busy taking pictures that I totally forgot to write down the name and I didn’t manage to find it not even with the help of my friend Mr Google! so sorry, but isn’t it a beauty!?  if you happen to pass by and get the name, please let me know. You could tell it has just been through a face lift, at least the main square, huge. with a basketball court, benches, a huge space and a beautiful church, as you can see in the next few pictures. it’s right before reaching Hocaba’

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And then we proceed further. to Hocaba’

 

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@ Hocaba’ – Church

 

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The town of Homun and the next one, name Cuzama’  became very popular for the little motor rack-show that bring you to visit the hundreds of beautiful ceontes in the surrounding area, for a few dollars. It is an experience I would recommend.

 

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In fact if you are driving around Yucatan you definitely cannot miss a refreshing stop in a cenote. I am sure you will agree with me. Here is where my young guide took me with its motorized rickshaw for about 25 usd. It was just a couple of our tour because I was running out of time, but this is in the heart of what is called Ruta de los cenotes, (route of the Cenotes) and they basically know every inch of this region and know where to take you. You can even spend the entire day browsing this precious water sources. I am also planning to go back and discover more for you. (and for me too)

 

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Here I am in my rickshaw

 

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Here I have finally arrived at Temozon sur, the end of our road trip, where my beautiful hacienda is located. Excitement is in the air, but I could not stop myself from pulling over and take some shots about the picturesque houses in the surrounding area.

 

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Another cute house just outside the hacienda. I always imagine what it would be like to refurbish such a beautiful piece of history and make it beautiful just like they did with the haciendas.

 

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Here is my next home for a couple of blissful days. Hacienda Temozon – a Starwood luxury collection-

I hope you had enjoyed your road trip with me. If you did, please don’t be shy and let me know your thoughts in the comment here below, click on the little heart or share it among your friends.  I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for stick around. More exciting pictures and discoveries on the way.

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Michele Peterson (@atastefortravel)
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What a beautiful collection of images – I especially love the one of the “garage sale” It’s a sight I often see in Mexico but have never photographed. Lovely job

Gareth
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These shots are incredible. You really managed to capture the feel of this wonderful part of the world

Betsy
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Beautiful colors and composition in your photos.