Mario Villanueva Madrid, Bacalar, Q.R., Mexico
Under The RuinsThe month long trip to the Yucatan Peninsula was just an excuse to get away, but little did we know that we would find in this place a sense of harmony that was as new as the ruins were old. Signing a visitors book to walk into the jungle to see ruins that had not been visited by tourists for over three weeks was truly an adventure! The locals would say: "I hope you see a jaguar," apparently a lucky sighting; and all could think was "I hope we don't." It was scary enough to walk the path under the howling monkeys, being dinner to a big kitty was not on the agenda (thankfully). But becoming part of the culture was. I have described the trip before as the clearest waters I've ever seen, some of the most welcoming people and the place of Gods. All it took was a swim beneath the temple in Tulum and you would know why Gods would've chosen to live there. From the top of the peninsula to the edge of its southern border - definitely a trip to remember.