As I grew up, I had the wish of studying in the US. Unfortunately it did not come to pass. I actually applied for a place at UT Austin, Texas after sitting for my SAT. At that time, I was (and still is) already intrigue with history. So as I read up on Texas, I came to realize that it was an independent republic before it joined the Union (via ‘annexation’ by the US) in 1845. But this was not without a fight with Mexico.
And this is where the connection clicked.
I started wondering about Mexico and how the country came to being. You see when I was 12, I saved S$1.99 each week to buy a volume of the Funk and Wagwalls encyclopedia. 27 weeks later I had collected the entire set. And I recalled reading about the “pyramids”, not in Egypt but in America (back then my geographical knowledge was sparse). But then this country is a long time away, and it soon became a distant thought..
That was more than 30 years ago.
Today with our travel handprints plastered on so many parts of the the globe, I rekindled my “lost” thoughts about Mexico in the last few months. You see, history really does owns a significant share of my mind and I am in the midst of ‘collecting’ historiographical documents (they call them books) of Mesomerica. I am especially fascinated with pre columbian history, but given the scarcity of available written records in the past it has always been a challenge to fully understand the daily political and economic lives of the people who lived through these regimes. Modern archaelogy has since advanced our knowledge of each civilizational epoch of Mesoamerica.
Therefore I thought and I want to go.
Being there on site gives you introspect – to assuage the craving for the knowing that we seek, the feeling of accomplishment and confirming just how minute we are in the scheme of time and space. Memories are formed from experiences and our own thoughts are merely imagined unless one has lived the moment and touched.
For me, I am intrigued with how the civilizations that built such magnificent cities of stone, could have collapsed in such a short time with the advent of the colonialists. These cities and structures melted back into the jungles but fortunately were rediscovered.
Learn more at Ancient America.
Wow. Look at the many sites. They span not just Mexico but neighbouring Guatamala and Belize too! Now Xunantunich (which is on the border of Belize and Mexico) we have touched. But to effectively pin ourselves onto all of these other mapped sites will probably take the better part of up to 2 months! Which is a luxury that working stiffs like us cannot afford. Don’t have 7 weeks paid vacation anymore!
Our current plan is to devote purely 15 days (without flights) into the proposed trip. Will start from Mexico City and probably end in Cancun. This is how most journeys run. We are not sure if there are reliable operators who will take 2 persons, and if that becomes a realizable option, will certainly plan to go off the beaten track at some locales.
Our intent is to touch the following sites:
- Monte Alban
- La Venta
- Chizen Itza
- Coba (Tulum is just a little further away)
Did we miss any significant sites?
Mexico is a large country and a road trip of the above would certainly span a couple of thousand kilometres. As we scanned the DK guide in detail, I had noticed that there are many other sites (eg El Taijin). It seems that 15 days already cuts it very thin due to the distance. We DO want to spend an entire day at each of the 7 listed sites. And along the way we will probably stop at old colonial towns etc.
Well, I can see that there are some visitors from central and south America that on occasion will drop by. Any comments and suggestions?