S: Mexico & US National Parks feb/may-june 2011
FC: a book of memories | to mike: iloveyou, lmr
3: In 2007, Chichen Itza's El Castillo was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World | Chichen Itza "at the mouth of the well of the Itza" is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.
4: Uxmal, meaning "Built Three Times", is a large pre-Columbian ruined city of the Maya civilization in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. It is 78 km south of Mérida.
5: Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. | The Maya site may formerly have been known also by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn because it faces the sunrise.
6: Playa del Carmen /Riviera Maya
7: Ek' Balam: In Yucatec Mayan, the name means "Black Jaguar" (600 to 800 AD) | Cenote Ik Kil is a perfectly round, well-type cenote with a diameter of 60m and a depth of 40m. It is an open shaft. The water level is 25m below the surface. | The largest structure, known as The Acropolis, has a 5m tall jaguar's mouth featuring winged Mayan warriors.
8: The Zócalo is the main plaza or square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. Its formal name is Plaza de la Constitución from the Cádiz Constitution which was signed in Spain in 1812. | According to tradition, Juan Diego, a simple indigenous peasant, saw a vision of a young woman on December 9, 1531. While he was on the hill in the desert of Tepeyac near Mexico City, the lady told him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing, hence the Basilica. From then on, She has been called the Lady of Guadalupe.
11: Garden of Eden | Balanced Rock | Delicate Arch | Pine Tree Arch