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001 - In the middle of the city, surround by big apartment buildings - you can find historic sites like this.jpg
001 - In the middle of the city, surround by big apartment buildings - you can find historic sites like this.jpg
002 - still with active research in operation, since lot's of these sites have only been discovered recently.jpg
002 - still with active research in operation, since lot's of these sites have only been discovered recently.jpg
003 - Disadvantage of taking a guided tour - 'can you take our picture in front of every door, building, stone,... please!'
003 - Disadvantage of taking a guided tour - 'can you take our picture in front of every door, building, stone,... please!'
Mexico City sinks about 20 centimeters every year as it was originally build on a lake... This is the result
Mexico City sinks about 20 centimeters every year as it was originally build on a lake... This is the result
digging under the foundations to lift them,renovating decorations & setting up giant constructions inside
digging under the foundations to lift them,renovating decorations & setting up giant constructions inside
006 - Inside a cathedral in Mexico City, also sinking away.jpg
006 - Inside a cathedral in Mexico City, also sinking away.jpg
A study found that Mexico City is the preferred destination of religious tourists, largely because of this Basilica de Guadalupe
A study found that Mexico City is the preferred destination of religious tourists, largely because of this Basilica de Guadalupe
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010 - I couldn't resist getting a local haircut.jpg
010 - I couldn't resist getting a local haircut.jpg
011 - Teotihuacan, a city that had about 200 000 habitants from 200BC until they all misteriously dissapeared around 700AD
011 - Teotihuacan, a city that had about 200 000 habitants from 200BC until they all misteriously dissapeared around 700AD
012 - some of the little preserved details - including a good old toilet on the right!.jpg
012 - some of the little preserved details - including a good old toilet on the right!.jpg
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011 - Teotihuacan, a city that had about 200 000 habitants from 200BC until they all misteriously dissapeared around 700AD
011 - Teotihuacan, a city that had about 200 000 habitants from 200BC until they all misteriously dissapeared around 700AD
A view from the 'Pyramid of the Sun' (2nd largest pyramid in the world), with the 'Pyramid of the Moon' & Avenue of the Dead
A view from the 'Pyramid of the Sun' (2nd largest pyramid in the world), with the 'Pyramid of the Moon' & Avenue of the Dead
013 - All names have been given by the Aztecs afterwards - but more to come,every hill hides another temple
013 - All names have been given by the Aztecs afterwards - but more to come,every hill hides another temple
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017 - Giant steps to reach the platforms on the pyramids.jpg
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'Avenue of the Dead' because it was believed all platforms were tombs... Now they are known to be ceremonial platforms
'Avenue of the Dead' because it was believed all platforms were tombs... Now they are known to be ceremonial platforms
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Monte Alban,excavated +-60 years ago had upto 17000 habitants between 300BC-900AD, after which the city suddently got abandoned
Monte Alban,excavated +-60 years ago had upto 17000 habitants between 300BC-900AD, after which the city suddently got abandoned
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025 - A view from the North platform to the South platform, overlooking the plaza, a central square of +-300 by 200 meters large
025 - A view from the North platform to the South platform, overlooking the plaza, a central square of +-300 by 200 meters large
026 - Very impressive stairs leading to the South platform.jpg
026 - Very impressive stairs leading to the South platform.jpg
The arrow shaped building was used for astronomical observations in order to predict the seasons for their agriculture etc...
The arrow shaped building was used for astronomical observations in order to predict the seasons for their agriculture etc...
028 - The remains of temples and elite residences on the plaza.jpg
028 - The remains of temples and elite residences on the plaza.jpg
Hierve el Agua or 'the water boils', per the natural warm spring which contains air trying to escape, looking like it boils
Hierve el Agua or 'the water boils', per the natural warm spring which contains air trying to escape, looking like it boils
the springs at Hierve el Agua were first used around 400 B.C., with wells constructed +- every 3 meters along canals
the springs at Hierve el Agua were first used around 400 B.C., with wells constructed +- every 3 meters along canals
032 - The water is full of minerals,so calcium carbonate and magnesium in the water gives this view
032 - The water is full of minerals,so calcium carbonate and magnesium in the water gives this view
033 - A natural pool at +-1800meter! Only 2 places in the world where this exists, the other one is in Turkey.jpg
033 - A natural pool at +-1800meter! Only 2 places in the world where this exists, the other one is in Turkey.jpg
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'Arbol del tule' has the widest trunk in the world,diameter +-11m.DNA tests (no kidding) have proven this is 1 tree only ;-)
'Arbol del tule' has the widest trunk in the world,diameter +-11m.DNA tests (no kidding) have proven this is 1 tree only ;-)
037 - The local food market in Oaxaca - something you just have to experience yourself!.jpg
037 - The local food market in Oaxaca - something you just have to experience yourself!.jpg
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044 - We were kindly explained that 'grashoppers contain more iron then meat sir, very good to survive in the desert'
044 - We were kindly explained that 'grashoppers contain more iron then meat sir, very good to survive in the desert'
045 - Our hunt from the local market gave us some plastic bags with food, tortillas, meat and ceviche!.jpg
045 - Our hunt from the local market gave us some plastic bags with food, tortillas, meat and ceviche!.jpg
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051 - The pittoresk streets when strolling through Oaxaca.jpg
051 - The pittoresk streets when strolling through Oaxaca.jpg
047 - The incredibly popular Beetles are seen everywhere in Mexico due to the recently closed VW Beetle factory in Puebla
047 - The incredibly popular Beetles are seen everywhere in Mexico due to the recently closed VW Beetle factory in Puebla
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057 - Impossible to capture properly on a picture, but the atmosphere on the 'zocalo' in Oaxaca was priceless.jpg
057 - Impossible to capture properly on a picture, but the atmosphere on the 'zocalo' in Oaxaca was priceless.jpg
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064 - The 15km long 'Laguna Manialtepec', not so much to do but bird watching - but beautiful surroundings.jpg
064 - The 15km long 'Laguna Manialtepec', not so much to do but bird watching - but beautiful surroundings.jpg
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066 - Under the stones of the pier, we found some bats hiding out.jpg
066 - Under the stones of the pier, we found some bats hiding out.jpg
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Apparently this laguna has 100s of bird species..some of them really rare and such...  It's a pitty we're not into birds ;-)
Apparently this laguna has 100s of bird species..some of them really rare and such... It's a pitty we're not into birds ;-)
Lot's and lot's of mangroves in the laguna... Interesting, but kinda boring after +-1,5 hours in a small boat
Lot's and lot's of mangroves in the laguna... Interesting, but kinda boring after +-1,5 hours in a small boat
073 - Gigantic monsters almost eating us alive in the mangroves! Terrifying, truly terrifying!.jpg
073 - Gigantic monsters almost eating us alive in the mangroves! Terrifying, truly terrifying!.jpg
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075 - Lot's of pelicans there... I would be thrilled if I was into birdwatching....jpg
075 - Lot's of pelicans there... I would be thrilled if I was into birdwatching....jpg
076 - Sandbanks in the middle of the laguna give the locals an opportunity to do some fishing.jpg
076 - Sandbanks in the middle of the laguna give the locals an opportunity to do some fishing.jpg
077 - or for absurd tourists to do the Jezus-walk.jpg
077 - or for absurd tourists to do the Jezus-walk.jpg
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083 - The famous white bird with yellow feet... uhm....jpg
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088 - Building a house here is for free - you build your own stones, dry them on the beach and start building your house
088 - Building a house here is for free - you build your own stones, dry them on the beach and start building your house
090 - Our sleeping place were 2 hammocks under one of these 'cabanas'.jpg
090 - Our sleeping place were 2 hammocks under one of these 'cabanas'.jpg
091 - Spot the tourist....jpg
091 - Spot the tourist....jpg
094 - Thus must have been the room with the most beautiful view.jpg
094 - Thus must have been the room with the most beautiful view.jpg
095 - The mistery behind this rock becoming white... simple, bird shit ;-).jpg
095 - The mistery behind this rock becoming white... simple, bird shit ;-).jpg
096 - A couple humpback whales...it's impressive if you're there, but obviously you don't see much more then this.jpg
096 - A couple humpback whales...it's impressive if you're there, but obviously you don't see much more then this.jpg
098 - We couldn't figure out what type of 'ray' this was, but they were jumping out of the water near Mazunte beach.jpg
098 - We couldn't figure out what type of 'ray' this was, but they were jumping out of the water near Mazunte beach.jpg
099 - Mazunte beach, one of the highlights of our journey.jpg
099 - Mazunte beach, one of the highlights of our journey.jpg
100 - Enormous waves making it lot's of fun to swim... or really hard to stop swimming....jpg
100 - Enormous waves making it lot's of fun to swim... or really hard to stop swimming....jpg
101 - Our self made beach-barbeque with fresh tuna and lobster!.jpg
101 - Our self made beach-barbeque with fresh tuna and lobster!.jpg
102 - The hunt for a bed in San Cristobal.jpg
102 - The hunt for a bed in San Cristobal.jpg
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103 - Afterwards we read the locals believe their merchandise will go bad if you take a picture...  Sorry!.jpg
103 - Afterwards we read the locals believe their merchandise will go bad if you take a picture... Sorry!.jpg
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104 - The coffee museum in San Cristobal.jpg
104 - The coffee museum in San Cristobal.jpg
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106 - When she woke up, she immediately chased me to sell her...dunno, stuff.jpg
106 - When she woke up, she immediately chased me to sell her...dunno, stuff.jpg
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108 - all good things live in Belgium ;-).jpg
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110 - The 'Cataratas de Agua Azul', which means 'waterfalls of blue water'... It sure was amazing.jpg
110 - The 'Cataratas de Agua Azul', which means 'waterfalls of blue water'... It sure was amazing.jpg
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114 - Misol-H , a 35m high waterfall on the way to Palenque. We couldn't resist jumping in.jpg
114 - Misol-H , a 35m high waterfall on the way to Palenque. We couldn't resist jumping in.jpg
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115 - Palenque, a site build around 600AD by the Maya's.jpg
115 - Palenque, a site build around 600AD by the Maya's.jpg
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117 - A view from on of the temples to the 'The Palace', a complex of about 5000m2.jpg
117 - A view from on of the temples to the 'The Palace', a complex of about 5000m2.jpg
One of the most unusual things of 'The Palace', this square tower that acted as a look out tower or astronomical observatory
One of the most unusual things of 'The Palace', this square tower that acted as a look out tower or astronomical observatory
121 - One of the entrances to The Palace, which originally was completely plastered.jpg
121 - One of the entrances to The Palace, which originally was completely plastered.jpg
 'Temple of the Inscriptions',build as funerary monument for 1 Maya king & holds inscriptions of 180 years of the city's history
'Temple of the Inscriptions',build as funerary monument for 1 Maya king & holds inscriptions of 180 years of the city's history
Everything was only excavated in the last 60 years & represents only 5 to 10 percent of the total city...
Everything was only excavated in the last 60 years & represents only 5 to 10 percent of the total city...
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127 - Chitzen Itza, one of the 7 world wonders and a Maya city from the 6th to the 11th century.jpg
127 - Chitzen Itza, one of the 7 world wonders and a Maya city from the 6th to the 11th century.jpg
2 times in the year, the sun reveals a shadow that looks like the snake crawling down on the Temple of Kukulkan
2 times in the year, the sun reveals a shadow that looks like the snake crawling down on the Temple of Kukulkan
Temple of Kukulkan, the most prominent temple a the site and reflects precise information regarding the Mayan calendar
Temple of Kukulkan, the most prominent temple a the site and reflects precise information regarding the Mayan calendar
It's build on top of another temple, in which a jaguar-shaped throne was found...Unfortunately that is now closed to the public
It's build on top of another temple, in which a jaguar-shaped throne was found...Unfortunately that is now closed to the public
'Wall of Skulls', a structure where they displayed heads of their enemies who died in battle or were sacrificed
'Wall of Skulls', a structure where they displayed heads of their enemies who died in battle or were sacrificed
 The serpent is visible everywhere in Chitzen Itza, per the worshipped 'Feathered Serpent' God aka Quetzalcoatl ;-)
The serpent is visible everywhere in Chitzen Itza, per the worshipped 'Feathered Serpent' God aka Quetzalcoatl ;-)
This ballcourt  is the largest one found.Games were setup here,the outcome decided over property, disputes or even human lives
This ballcourt is the largest one found.Games were setup here,the outcome decided over property, disputes or even human lives
136 - Surely this all has a meaning, but most amazing is if you remember this is all handmade in the 6th century
136 - Surely this all has a meaning, but most amazing is if you remember this is all handmade in the 6th century
'Cenote Sagrado' - used to sacrifice people and objects to the the Maya rain God
'Cenote Sagrado' - used to sacrifice people and objects to the the Maya rain God
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140 - One of the many 'cenotes', which is like an underground well or lake.jpg
140 - One of the many 'cenotes', which is like an underground well or lake.jpg
141 - And on to the Caribbean!.jpg
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142 - This is from the Southern part of Isla Mujeres.jpg
142 - This is from the Southern part of Isla Mujeres.jpg
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144 - Even the local habitants still enjoy the view ;-).jpg
144 - Even the local habitants still enjoy the view ;-).jpg
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145 - Fighting leguans.jpg
146 - Next island 'Isla Hollbox'!.jpg
146 - Next island 'Isla Hollbox'!.jpg
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147 - Just like the movies ;-).jpg
147 - Just like the movies ;-).jpg
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150 - We walked for 5 hours and only saw 1 boat passing,didn't see anybody else on these amazing white beaches
150 - We walked for 5 hours and only saw 1 boat passing,didn't see anybody else on these amazing white beaches
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Our best (fish) meal in Mexico! A cabana at the beach, freshly caught and prepared fish and oooh so good!
Our best (fish) meal in Mexico! A cabana at the beach, freshly caught and prepared fish and oooh so good!
159 - and we got a nice table...including sunset view ;-).jpg
159 - and we got a nice table...including sunset view ;-).jpg
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164 - Arriving back in Mexico City, there was apparently a minor flu outbreak... Nothing major I recon ;-).jpg
164 - Arriving back in Mexico City, there was apparently a minor flu outbreak... Nothing major I recon ;-).jpg
165 - but the result was everybody wearing masks or even gloves...including statues and cars ;-).jpg
165 - but the result was everybody wearing masks or even gloves...including statues and cars ;-).jpg
Even more amazing to see how much media attention this got,resulting in everything being blown way out of proportion
Even more amazing to see how much media attention this got,resulting in everything being blown way out of proportion
167 - Since doctors aren't as common there, they did consults on the streets.jpg
167 - Since doctors aren't as common there, they did consults on the streets.jpg
168 - The very typical taxi-beetles of which you see 100s driving around.jpg
168 - The very typical taxi-beetles of which you see 100s driving around.jpg
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170 - On the way to the airport, ready to infect Belgium! ;-).jpg
170 - On the way to the airport, ready to infect Belgium! ;-).jpg