Saturday, March 02, 2013

Outing from Merida: Acanceh

In 2003 we went to a few of the Mayan sites near Merida (Uxmal, Kabah, Labnah, Sayil). Given the 100 degree heat, we decided to limit our outing to a nearby small town of Acanceh where a ruined pyramid stands on the same square as the church. The town turned out to be only mildly interesting, but we were fascinated with the local rickshaw taxis (see video below). We had thought we would have seen all possible permutations of the 3-wheeled rickshaw. Here it was, a new variation: rear wheel, drive train and steering from a motorcycle; front 2 wheels of a 3-wheeled, front-loading bicycle. And the popularity of it; it seems that one either owns one, or works one, or rides in one. They are as ubiquitous as the car in Raleigh.

The plaza in Acanceh with main church center and small chapel at left.
Acanceh, Yucatan, Mexico

The plaza with pyramid ruins at left, the market at near right with the church behind.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

The plaza with the market to the right and the pyramid ruins to the center back. The main church is out-of-view right.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

View from ruins back to the plaza.
Acanceh - Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Inside the church.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Here's the video of the rickshaw taxis.


A couple more taxi photos.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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