are you having fun.
do you like exploring yeah you like exploring and the ruins yeah do you like exploring in the jungle yeah is the jungle your favorite? yeah what do you find in the jungle? I don't know hey uh we are here at the ruins of Xel Ha which is another of the Mayan ruins in the area show ha is also like a bighuge water park kind of commercial attraction in the area we were kind ofunder the impression that you had to go into that water park expensiveattraction to see these ruins but I just discovered today that you don't and it'sonly 70 pesos to get in here per person didn't have to pay for the boys so areally cheap outing for us and we're here at some beautiful ruins someincredible Mayan ruins and we're into that kind of thing so we're excited tosee it and learn a little bit about the history of the area so come with us andcheck it out.
are you ready to explore it yeah come on so there are really some magnificentruins here you can see behind me I think that one's called house of the birds andthere's some incredible murals in there that you don't see and all the ruinsparticularly in this area the ruins are older than I thought in this areathere's actually some from the early classic period between 300 and 600 ADwhich is really incredible most of the ruins in this area are quitea bit newer so very very cool the landscape here in the jungle with allthe trees and this cool breeze is just incredible all the trees here are soamazing such just incredible life here in this part of the jungle the treeshave many intricate branches and Trunks to them there's a bunch of the ceibatrees here which are really important to the Mayan culture when I see one ofthose I'll chat at you again and tell you about the shape of tree stick withus so this amazing tree you can see over myshoulder here growing up high in the sky is a ceiba tree like I was tellingyou about Mayans believes the ceiba trees werethe center of the universe their roots go down to the underworld they're thetrunk grows up into the heavens and then most of the branches on chamber treeskind of grow out into the four cardinal directions and all of those elements anddirections and things are very important in Mayan culture to their spiritualityand their beliefs and so yeah they believe this tree was the center of theuniverse and it was very important to theirculture it's a very strong thick dense wood that's very good for buildingstructural components and then they also built their canoes out of the chambertree that they would literally ride out in the ocean goingon journeys to trade so very cool very important tree.
we had such an incredibleday at the Xel Ha ruins today we took the colectivo their entry was supercheap so round-trip for all four of us including entry we paid about fourteendollars total to go see these ruins the ruins were amazing we learned a lot thatwe didn't we didn't know going and we kind of expected that these ruins weregonna be just as recent as some of the others in the area about five hundredyears old but come to find out there's actually some ruins there that date backto the BC period as far back as about a hundred BC so really old ruins reallycool area tucked back in the woods there was even an amazing cenote back in thefact that we got to see beautiful clear water as deep as you could see down itwas incredible we we went around the back of the cenote and kind of exploredback in the jungle a little bit super cool fun time amazing day we were theonly people at the whole place so if you're into that sort of things I highlyrecommend the show hot ruins just what an incredible time super cheap there nowour favorite ruins so we'll definitely be going back to visit them again soonbye for now you have a mouth full of chips? we decided to go to a new beach today it's called playa Xcacel it's kind ofjust a deserted beach not commercialized so seems like it's right up our alleysupposed to be super beautiful there's also a cenote here so we're excitedabout we're excited about being able to see this pretty cool cenote and a beachall in one day so yeah we're on the entrance road we took the colectivo overhere from the pueblos it was only 60 yeah 60 pesos so three bucks to get hereand I think the entrance to this place is kind of like on a donation basis so Ithink it's gonna be pretty cheap to get on the beach here to us so stick with us so we're in the jungle where we heard about this cenote that we could walk toyou from where we live and we think it's down this path and we're gonna check itout hopefully it's a nice and open and wecan go swimming because its hot.
check you later we are having a righteous day at the Beach.
today is really windy hope you can hear us.
we found a really cool Beach called Xcacel that cost us three bucks to get here on the colectivo and then fourbucks to get in total for all of us and it's our style of beach it's undevelopedbeach so there's no businesses or anything directly on the beach justexpansive Beach gorgeous typical Mexican turquoise water and expansive thickjungle at the back of the beach just a really cool place we've already seen afew iguanas and we got to take a dip in the water and it's really nice great day.
oh so we're leaving Xcacel Beach now we had a fun day today total round-tripwith transportation and injury to the beach we're looking at ten bucks for allfour of us and we're on a pretty low budget but we can definitely afford tenbucks every once in awhile so this is a really great spot very not commercialBeach nothing built up no restaurants no hotels no nothing just beautiful beachbeautiful turquoise water lots of wildlife we saw fish in the water we sawiguanas we saw all kind of fun stuff it's not the season right now butthere's a protected turtle sanctuary so during the right season there's lots ofturtle nest and I guess if you're lucky you can catch the turtles coming onshore and then also catch the baby turtles hatching out we didn't see thattoday it's not seasoned but all we saw lots of the nest where the location arejust a really great spot really close to us glad we found this spot I'd say theonly one thing we're hoping we can do better isn't maybe catch it on a daywhen it's a little calmer, it was rough out there so yeah a fun day thanks fortuning in we'll catch you you.