Virginia Is For Lovers

It’s been a couple of weeks that I haven’t gone on a road trip so, when I got 6-day off from work, I packed my bag and headed out. It was a battle between New England states or the Carolinas. I posted it in my Facebook account on where to go and I have decided to go down south since there were more reasons to visit the places. The first stop on my 4-state road trip was in Virginia because Virginia is for lovers.va21

Virginia is a state located on the Atlantic coast of the United States of America and is part of both the Southern and Mid-Atlantic of the nation. Virginia has been nicknamed the ‘Old Dominion’ due to its status as the first English colonial possession established in mainland North America, and was also labeled as ‘Mother of Presidents’ due to eight of U.S Presidents were born in the state. I was in the western part of Virginia. I made a quick stopover at Virginia Visitor Center and the lovely lady told me to visit some of their local sites. Thus, I had these attractions on my list and have visited these places;

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Virginia Visitor Center

Big Walker Lookout

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Big Walker Lookout

Big Walker Lookout is located in Wytheville, VA. It is a 100-foot observation tower located in the Wythe county. The tower is atop a peak near the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel and overlooking the East River Mountain Tunnel. The tower is accessed from the Big Walker general store. The lookout tower is open to the public and the cost to climb is US$6 for adults and US$4 for children.

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I Climbed the Tower ticket

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Big Walker Lookout Tower

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Big Walker Lookout Tower with the view of the hanging bridge

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The Swinging Bridge

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Big Walker Country Store

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Battle of Wytheville

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View atop of the tower

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View of Wytheville

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View of Wytheville

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View of Wytheville

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View of Wytheville

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View of Wytheville

The climb of the tower was a little shaky but it was worth the view on top. To purchase the ticket, just go to the country store since they offer it along with foods, souvenirs, and fun with other guests. I met other travelers and had fun walking the swinging bridge.

Shot Tower Historical State Park

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Shot Tower Historical State Park

Shot Tower Historical State Park is a state park located near the town of Austinville and is the centerpiece in the Jackson Ferry Shot Tower. The shot tower was used for the creation of ammunition. The tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.va04

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Other side of the Shot Tower

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Inside the Shot Tower

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The River Crossing

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The state park is wide. It has a biking and hiking trail. Just a tip: if you plan of visiting the park, just park your car at the foot of the hill or on the dirt path than on the state entrance. Parking fee cost US$5. I paid it and I found out that other visitors were just on the dirt path. But I am helping the state park generates some income so, it was a win-win situation.

The whole road trip in Virginia was a blast. It was unplanned but I did get some decent tourist attractions in the county I have visited. Those may not be as popular as Virginia Beach or the metropolis of Richmond but they were an eye catch for people like me who are nature and history lovers. Indeed, Virginia is for lovers.

Series of Dates

I’ve been out and about these past few months. During those travels, I met this amazing person and I wanted to get to know more of this individual. I wanted to woo this human being so, I’m seeing this person and we always went out. We had series of dates and now, he is someone dear to my heart.

We’ve been exploring most of the restaurants in Canton, Ohio. It’s been our gastronomic adventure together to try the dishes in every business establishment serving food and drinks.

These are the restaurants we’ve dined in:
1. Table Six Kitchen + Bar

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Table Six Kitchen + Bar

It is a gastropub where they serve traditional, made-from-scratch comfort food which are perfect for sharing. They also offer wide array of drinks from cocktails to spirits, beers and wines. Table Six Kitchen + Bar is an independent restaurant group with four locations and every location has its own unique personality and tradition good of taste.

I ordered fish + chips that is craft beer battered cod with fresh cut fries, house slaw, tarter and Sriracha ketchup for appetizer. For entrée, I chose Teriyaki Salmon which is a pan seared, Teriyaki glazed, Verlasso salmon with Asian sesame stir fry and a meal won’t be a meal without dessert. I got warm molten brownie which is a chocolate lover’s heaven with warm brownie, Amy’s chocolate icing and vanilla ice cream. The whole dining experience in Table Six Kitchen + Bar was 4/5. Foods were delicious, ambience was good and a little crowded but the space was a little bit small and congested.

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Fish + Chips

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Teriyaki Salmon

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Warm Molten Brownie

For menus and more information, check at www.table6canton.com/home or visit them at:
Table Six Kitchen + Bar
6113 Whipple Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone No. 330-305-1666

2. Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant

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Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant

Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant is a premier winery and vineyard located in Canton, Ohio that provides guests with fine dining experience. It offers a memorable destination for wine lovers, diners, families, businesses, and tourists. The restaurant is designed for adults seeking an affordable, fresh and romantic dining experience, for families seeking outdoor beauty, fun and great food, and corporate team for business meetings. Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant has among the best wine varieties in Ohio which are produced by wine experts and hand selected seasonally by local farmers.

We went to Crush House since Gervasi Vineyard has more than one dining options. I started the ball rolling with an appetizer of pork wings which were marinated and glazed with red wine vinegar, blue cheese emulsion, scallions and crumbled blue cheese paired with a glass of zin zin, a zinfandel wine. I got shrimp and sausage linguini with sauteed zucchini and squash with vodka sauce paired with a glass of velluto, a pinot noir wine for my entrée while he ordered crush house steak which was the chef’s entrée feature of the day. To end the night, we both chose chocolate crème brulee with blackberry and raspberry and cream for dessert. Dining experience in Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant was 5/5. Everything was perfect.

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Pork Wings

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Shrimp and Sausage Linguini

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Crush House Steak

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Chocolate Crème Brulee

For more information, visit their site at www.gervasivineyard.com or visit them physically at:
Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant
1700 55th St NE
Canton, OH 44721
Phone No. 330-497-1000

3. Hog Heaven Open Blame BBQ

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Hog Heaven Open Flame BBQ

It is a fun laid back atmosphere restaurant that provides southern BBQ meals  and cold beers. Not only that the Hog Heaven also tries to help the community by fundraising and scholarship through motorcycle runs.

We both ordered full rack barbeque ribs which is a famous St. Louis style ribs, tender and tasty that falls right off the bone, basted with Hog Heaven southern style barbeque sauce. I chose the macaroni and cheese and baked beans as the 2 sides. My gastronomic experience is at 4/5. We’ve dined in the restaurant for 3 times and ordered the same ribs but the food was inconsistent.

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Full Rack BBQ Ribs with mac&cheese and baked beans

For additional information, check their site by clicking here or visit them at:
Hog Heaven
2730 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone No. 330-458-0904

4. George’s Lounge

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George’s Lounge

George’s Lounge has been a favored establishment since 1959. It’s the best place to gather with friends and enjoy local grass-fed gourmet burgers, fresh-cut fries, and more. It has the best environment with open and live music with wide selections of drinks from cola products to hard liquors.

It appears that the special person’s hangout place is the George’s Lounge and knows everything in the menu. I got their Gorgeous George burger which has double burger with bacon, sautéed onion and mushroom, egg, kamikaze sauce on egg bun. The whole dining experience was at 4/5. The food may not be as great as other restaurants I’ve been to but the environment is magnificent and the service is amazing.

To contact them, check the website here or travel to:
George’s Lounge
229 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone No. 330-452-0029

5. Boathouse BBQ

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Boathouse BBQ of Marietta

It is one of my favorite restaurants in Marietta. When the special person visited me, we went to boathouse BBQ  and ordered grilled pork BBQ ribs. It was the best and I always chose that. It so happened that he loved it too. Dining experience is 3/5. Food is amazing but inconsistent, service is a little slow but ambience is great.

Visit them at Boathouse BBQ of Marietta at 218 Virginia St, Marietta, OH 45750 with phone no. 740-373-3006.

6. The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant

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The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant

We had dinner at this restaurant and we both ordered grilled pork BBQ ribs with mac&cheese and steak fries for my side dishes. Dining experience is at 3/5. I’ve been tasting and ordering BBQ ribs in every restaurants I’ve been to and the Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant’s BBQ ribs somehow fails it.

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Pork BBQ ribs with mac&cheese and steak fries

Check them at www.winkinglizard.com or visit them at this address:
The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant
5710 Fulton Drive NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone No. 330-497-1133

7. Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant

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Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant

We also had breakfast in Scrambler Marie’s Breakfast Bistro. I picked the American breakfast since I have weakness for sunnyside up eggs. It was one of the best breakfast meals I had. Dining experience meter is at 5/5. It was perfect.

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American Breakfast with Sausage, sunnyside up eggs, white toast, strawberry yogurt

For menus, check their website at scramblersrestaurants.com or visit them at:
Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant at Canton-Belden Village Mall
4345 Belden Village Mall
Canton, OH 44718
Phone No. 330-493-4800

I’ll also add the list of restaurants I have dined in. I’ve been to food tasting and I’ve been reviewing them for the last year. Here are the list:

8. Ruby Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday

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Pork BBQ Ribs with mac&cheese and baked potato with sour cream and butter

9. Applebee’s

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Applebee’s Grill and Bar cr: Applebee’s

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Shrimp and Parmesan Sirloin Steak medium well with mac&cheese and french fries

10. Lori’s Family Restaurant

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Lori’s Family Restaurant cr: Tripadvisor

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American Breakfast with sausage patties, hash puppies, white toast, sunnyside up eggs

11. Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse cr: Outback

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Alice Spring’s Chicken with mac&cheese

12. Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant

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Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant

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Mar Y Tierra with cajun rice, shrimps and steak

If you love food like me and my boo, better start exploring the nearest restaurants and see which serves the best meal and dishes. What better to do that with your special someone dear to your heart and have a series of dates. I had my fair share done, now, it’s your turn. Bon appetit! 😉

Where Learning Goes Underground

I was in Maryland when I got lost and drove aimlessly, little did I notice that I was already in Pennsylvania after my GPS from my car announced and welcomed me to the state from Maryland. Then, I saw the signage on the side of the road and it read Laurel Caverns. I was drawn to it and at that time, I have decided to come and see what’s in it for me. It was almost an hour and a half drive from Oakland, Maryland. I arrived at Laurel Caverns at 1430H. Parking is free and I went inside the visitor center and took one of the brochures and I got a little excited since I really didn’t know what to expect. I found out that Laurel Caverns is Pennsylvania’s largest cave. I went to find the staff and asked what they offer and told me about a tour in the cave. I automatically said, ‘sign me in for the tour where learning goes underground.’pa02

Laurel Caverns as I mentioned is Pennsylvania’s largest cave located in route 40 east of Uniontown. For travelers to get to Laurel Caverns, just put this address in GPS: 101 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437 that will get to the intersection of Skyline Drive and Route 40. It has Norman E. Cale Visitor’s Center which serves as a souvenir shop, tour meeting point, snack area, restrooms and changing rooms for caving gear.pa01

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Laurel Caverns Postcards

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Souvenir Shop

Laurel Caverns offers 4 tours, namely the traditional one hour tour, upper caving tours, lower caving tours and half-day and all-day educational tour. I chose the traditional one hour tour. Admission fee costs USD12 for adult. For more information about the cavern, visit this site at www.laurelcaverns.com.

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Cave Bats Entrance

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Hall of the Mountain King

I took the one hour tour for the reason that I don’t have the whole day to explore the cave and I’m not a certified cave explorer. Anyway, the traditional one hour tour is the most popular since it is suitable for all ages. It has a guide and tour starts every 20 minutes with the last tour of the day enters the cave at 1630H. This tour is not advisable though for schools and large groups wanting a private guide. That’s the reason they have the half-day and all-day educational programs which include rappelling classes, cave study excursions, BSA and GSA speleology, geology and forestry patches, badges and pins. But visitors need to call in ahead because this tour is only available every Saturday and other days by special arrangements.

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Tour with the guide

The traditional tour lasts about 55 minutes seeing Laurel Caverns as a natural cave which follows the natural slope of the mountain. The tour may be strenuous for some. The cave temperature is 52 degrees Fahrenheit year round so, a sweater or jacket should be worn. Non-slippery shoes are also important and never wear high heels to a cave. These are the photos I captured when I was down in the cave, spelunking.pa07pa08pa09pa10pa11pa12pa13pa14pa15pa16pa17pa19pa20The whole cave experience was amazing. I used to visit caves back in the Philippines and the Middle East but Laurel Caverns has been made accessible and more of a touristy vibe with the colorful lights. With the aid of the guide, cave explorers like me were able to navigate the different routes in the cave and were able to get important information and history as we go along with the tour. Indeed, Laurel Caverns is where learning goes underground.

Swallow Falls State Park in Maryland

It was a stressful day at work and when I got my days off, I definitely deserved a change of scenery. Thus, I have decided to do a road trip outside Ohio. I surfed the net and saw a natural wonder just a couple of hours drive, then, I drove all the way to that place. It is located in Maryland and since I really haven’t seen the state that well so, it was a plus. I got to my destination at 1145H in Swallow Falls State Park in Maryland.md01

Swallow Falls State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River which is in Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland. The state park has the highest free-falling waterfall. The park is known for its stand of old hemlock trees which are more than 300 years old and are the last stand of its kind in Maryland.md04md03

The park has a lot of events and activities that guests and visitors will surely love. Swallow Falls State Park is a great place to escape the busy city life.

One of the state park activities is hiking. The state park is famous for its tall hemlocks that dominate the silent woods. The 1 1/4 mile trail through S​wallow Falls guides hikers to witness some of the most breath-taking vista in Western Maryland. It is also a good location to hike under the shade of the old hemlock trees and pine trees.

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Hiking

Hikers won’t get lost due to presence of signs, maps and directions within the trail. The whole vicinity is not as massive as any other state parks. It is just enough for an hour or two walk in the park pace.

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Signage/ Directions

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Other activity is white water rafting. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park’s borders which passes through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. With the Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek which are white water rivers, the rivers contain severe natural hazards, such as waterfalls, violent rapids, swift currents, deep pools, underwater hydraulics, cold water, slippery rocks and rough terrain.

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Notice to Guests

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White water river

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White Water Rafting

Travelers can also do waterfalls sightseeing for the reason that it has 3 waterfalls, namely Upper and Lower Swallow Falls, Tolliver Falls and Muddy Creek Falls.

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Closer view of Upper Swallow Falls

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Upper Swallow Falls

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Lower Swallow Falls

Swallow Falls is the namesake of the state park. Youghiogheny River is the water source of this waterfall. There are two drops, each around 15 feet high. The upper drop is the more distinctive of the two.

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Tolliver Falls

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Closer View of Tolliver Falls

Tolliver Falls is just as interesting as its larger relatives. It is only a few feet tall and yet the location in the park is very scenic. It is on a side trail that is very accessible but have to wander around to find it.

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Muddy Creek Falls

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Closer view of Muddy Creek Falls

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On top of Muddy Creek Falls

Muddy Creek Falls is the highest crashing and free-falling waterfall at 53-foot tall which is a spectacular sight. The waterfall is even accessible by disabled individuals.  There is a boardwalk that leads to a good viewpoint of the falls.

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Boardwalk for Disabled

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Muddy Creek Falls viewpoint

In addition to that, tourists can do some sightseeing and find a really interesting spot or scenery within the state park. I got to see these breathtaking sights.md23md22

An individual can do some fishing too. The rapids maybe too forceful but the park is inhabited by rainbow trout. Fishing is perfect during the spring season and the rainbow trouts are stocked in the Muddy Creek and the river.

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Fishing in the Youghiogheny River

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Youghiogheny River

Then, there is camping. Swallow Falls State Park has campsites. In fact, it has 65 wooded campsites with a fire ring, picnic tables, and lantern post on a stabilised pad. Some sites have electric hook-ups and restrooms and shower facilities are nearby. They even have a program called OPERATION: CAMPOUT! where the state park can lend campers a gear free of charge that includes a tent, chairs, stove, lantern and more. This program though applies to military individuals and military families new to camping or experienced campers stationed or recovering in this area.md19

There are more to do in Swallow Falls State Park. Indeed, this mountain state park contains some of the state’s most breathtaking scenery. Travelers and guests can have fun all day and is also the perfect place to rest and relax.

 

The Tulum Ruins

On my fourth day in Cancún, I got a day tour package to Tulum Ruins via viator.com. Tulum Ruins is another Mayan city that is situated in Yucatán Peninsula facing the Caribbean sea. It used to be a major port for Cobá and is sitting on top of the tall cliffs along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya along with the city of Chichén Itzá. Tulum was considered a walled city to protect itself from attacks from other Maya tribes. It is one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites and now, it is  a popular site for tourists.

My day tour package was booked thru viator.com giving early access to the site with a private archaeologist guide. The tour bus picked me up in my hotel at 0515H and drove to the meeting point for other tourists. We left Cancún for Tulum at around 06:00AM and arrived in the site around 9 in the morning. It was scorching hot in Tulum, it might be because it was in the coast of the peninsula. Travelers are really encouraged to put sun protection such as sunblocks, use umbrellas or hat, and always drink plenty of water. My bottled water only lasted about a couple of hours. We were huddled near the main entrance to get our tickets to get in the site. Too bad, there were plenty of guests in Tulum when we arrived. They were also early risers tourists. Anyway, our private archaeologist started to split the group into two, the Spanish speaking and English speaking groups. Once we got settled, the tour began.tul13

Upon entering the main gate, a tourist has to walk about a mile to get to the stoned wall. There were a lot of mangroves around the area and some other trees which were a good thing for shade. Few minutes, we got to the stone wall and checked the site map.tul08When we got inside the muralla (wall), we were welcomed by this cute critter also listening to the archaeologist while he was explaining about the history of the Maya city of Tulum. It is a coati and everyone in the group was just amazed and took pictures of this adorable Tulum ruin resident.

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Cute coati

The tour guide then directed us to follow him and told the rich history of the walled Maya city of Tulum. The structures were ancient but you can still the details and intricacies of how the Maya tribe built the city. The era of the Maya tribe doesn’t have cement, metals or any of the tools to build these houses and temples but they found a way. They used the resources they have in their surroundings and were able to make a beautiful and unique city.

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El Palacio

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Templo del los Frescos

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A commoner’s house

We were just following the guide while he was telling the story of the walled city of Tulum. Then we got to the most visited location of the ruins, El Castillo.

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El Castillo and la turista

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El Castillo

El Castillo is the structure facing the wide blue Caribbean sea. It was used as a lighthouse in the Maya era as it used to reflect light on the two windows of the building. The same reason why there were no trees and plants near it. Trees were scarce at that area to make sure that the building was not covered so Mayans who were at the sea can see it and will lead them back ashore.

Then we were ushered to the most beautiful vista of the Tulum ruins. It was the Templo del Dios Viento. That area was jam-packed with tourists trying to get a decent photo. Who wouldn’t want to get a picture of this amazing sight.

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Templo del Dios Viento

Templo del Dios Viento or in English, the Temple of the God of Winds appears like guarding the blue sea and blue skies. This is the most photographed site of Tulum ruins. It was really tanning hot. In just few minutes, I got toasted already but in this location, there are trees where you can find a shade and sit on rocks while having this view and enjoying the cool breeze from the sea. I stayed in this area for almost half an hour since the tour ended here.

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Closer view of Templo del Dios Viento

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Sitting on the rock under the shade of the trees around while looking at this view of Templo del Dios Viento

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But I was not alone. Here is this critter wanting to join me and relax.

Few minutes after I was hiding from the glaring sun, I stood up and went to acceso a la playa or the area that has access to the beach. Unfortunately, that day was not a good time to swim and even go down near the beach. Tourists who brought towels with them were a little frustrated but the whole Tulum city was worth the visit.

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It was almost call time to go back to the tour bus since we only have two hours to enjoy the whole Maya city of Tulum. I got out of the walled city 30 mins early since I still have to get some food for it was already lunch time. Then I got to the muralla to get out of the Mayan ruins of Tulum.

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Muralla to Exit

The whole experience I have in Tulum ruins was enriching. It was full of information, rich of history and some intriguing facts about the past that still left questions unanswered and evidences unproven. The excavation and researches of Tulum ruins were already halted since it only made some buildings getting cracks and crumbles. In my opinion, it is a good thing since doing these researches are only causing destruction to these priceless structures of the walled city.

As of the mean time, let us enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the ancient culture of the Maya tribe mixed with the beauty of nature in Tulum ruins.

Chichén Itzá, One of the New 7 Wonders of the World

If a traveler happens to be in Cancún, it is a mortal sin not to visit the what it used to be the New 7 Wonders of the World of 2000-2007, the Chichén Itzá in Yucatan and since it is located in Yucatan state, make sure to do a side trip to Tulum. The Mayan Cities of Chichén Itzá and Tulum are the most famous tourist destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula. These attractions are just 2 hours away from Cancún.

I was already in Cancún for my spring break so, I made sure to include the Mayan ruins in my travel itinerary. I stayed in Cancún for about 5 days and I scheduled my day trips to Chichén Itzá on day 3 and Tulum ruins the next day through the help of Viator.com. Well, here it goes.

On my 3rd day, I took advantage of the early access to Chichén Itzá with a private archaeologist guide to beat the crowds, to gain essential information of the Mayan city, and to have a personalised touch of the exclusive tour. The tour bus came a little late to pick me up in the hotel at 0530H. It should have been 5:10AM but it was a great coincidence since I was inebriated the night before the tour. I came back in my room at 2AM and fell to bed without changing clothes. I woke up at 05:25AM, without even washing my face or changing my clothes from yesterday, I hurriedly went down to the lobby to find out that the tour bus hasn’t came yet. That was a relief but I still missed an important equipment for that trip, I forgot to bring my camera yet I have my mobile phone. Anyway, few minutes, they came and I got to the tour bus. The bus drove all the way to downtown Cancún since we still have to pick up some other travelers to Chichén Itzá. It was already around 6AM when we left Cancún and most of the time I was asleep. When I’m awake, I’m battling hangover of trying not to puke in the bus. I was successful though. At 0845H, we got to the Yucatan state few miles from Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.

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A red building in Yucatan State

About 10 minutes, we have arrived to our destination and was welcomed with this sign.yuc02This sign was very important for it was our meeting point after we were done touring the Mayan ruin. We also waited here for our tickets to get inside. Good thing that they have a tourist center so, guests can purchase food, souvenirs, sunblocks, sun protectors like umbrella, hats and of course, an access to toilets. After being relieved from human nature calls, I got these.

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Museo Nacional de Historia ticket

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Chichén Itzá General Entrance Ticket

The guide then split the guests to two groups, the English speakers and the Spanish speakers. After getting the groups, then off we go. As we entered the city ruin, we were astonished on how beautiful the sight was.

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Kukulcán Pyramid or El Castillo

Chichén Itzá was a major focal point in the Northern Maya history and was one of the largest Maya cities. It has been one of the mythical great cities and has been a factor to contribute to the variety of architectural styles at the site. Chichén Itzá is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.4 million tourists visit the ruins every year.

Chichén Itzá has a long story and it is very intriguing. According to Marco, our archaeologist guide, Chichén Itzá’s Kukulcán pyramid is not a temple but some sort of a stage. If a person is standing at the ground facing the staircase and makes a handclap, it will make or resonate a bird chirping sound. Every staircase has a different bird sounds.

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Back Part view of Kukulcán pyramid

More intriguing is that, it used to be open to the public years back wherein guests can climb up Kukulcán pyramid and at that time, they tried the same thing making clapping sound at the ground and other guests were in the halfway to the top in the staircase and can’t even hear a sound. But what is more fascinating is that if you are on top of the block of the pyramid, you can talk and everyone in the ground can hear you. The late Luciano Pavarotti had a concert in Chichén Itzá back in 1997 and everyone can hear him. It was then thought that Chichén Itzá’s Kukulcán pyramid is indeed a stage for the emperor to tell his followers his rules and their duties. The snake head on the foot of the pyramid is the head of Kukulcán. The Mayans worshipped the snake which gives blessings to the land and fertilises everything down in earth. Marco tells a really long story about the Mayan history and it is really amazing but I can tell only few of it and it’s for you people to hear it.

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The Emperor’s seat in the ball court or Juego de Pelota

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Pok-ta-pok court or Juego de pelota

The Mayans were really wise and we can’t even figure it out how they were able to build such advance ways and techniques without the help of technology in that era. In this ball court, the emperor sat on that big square while the guests which was written on the blocks of the wall as foreigners, e.g Spanish, Romans sat on the other end of the court. The guide called one of the tourists to stand in front of the emperor’s seat while we were on the other end. Marco whispered the name of the tourist and Jordan was able to hear him which was a mile away. We were shocked. The guide was really knowledgeable about what he is doing and he told that the emperor can hear all the words the foreigners were talking when they were invited to watch the pok-ta-pok game. The pok-ta-pok game consists of 2 teams. Each team has 6 players and a captain. The winning team captain was then offered to the gods as a gift for being the best to the bests.

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Juego de Pelota and Tzompantli

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Entrance of Juego de Pelota

In the entrance of Juego de Pelota, it clearly depicted on the wall that the Mayans interacted with outsiders such as Romans and Spaniards.

Here are the other photos I’ve taken during my Chichén Itzá trip.

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Marco explaining Plataforma de Venus

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Templo de los Guerreros or Temple of the Warriors

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Columnata Oeste or Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors

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Cenote Sagrado or Sacred Cenote

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Cenote Sagrado

It was a very long, informative, fascinating and intriguing day in Chichén Itzá. But the experience was beautifully amazing. To summarise the whole trip, a day wasn’t enough. The story behind the Maya civilisation is really interesting that I just want to time travel and witness it with my two eyes but that ain’t possible. So, if you want to travel to Chichén Itzá, make sure to hire a knowledgeable archaeologist and tour guide. I recommend Marco from viator.com.

I’ll leave you with a picture of me in Chichén Itzá.IMG_6032