Monday, June 2, 2008

Day 155: More of the Coba Excursion

Yesterday's rappeling photos were actually of the 2nd portion of the Coba Excursion. This was the first "level", climbing a pyramid. First we had to ride bikes through the jungle to get to the pyramid, and then up we went. This is one of the very few pyramids that you can actually still climb. I'm glad we didn't ask until the end of the excursion whether it was likely that this would be closed to climbing like the others on the Yucatan. I expected the guide to say something like they would want to protect this antiquity, but he said that once there's a death, then it would be closed.

Actually, climbing it was harder than coming down, although for many people, coming down is harder. I appreciated that Brian "spotted" me going up. Going up 125 steps!



I don't have photos for all the "levels" of this first excursion. The 3rd level involved a purification ritual with a Mayan shaman. The 4th level involved kayaking across a little lake, walking through tthe jungle, and then zip lining across the lake! I was totally freaked out by this. . . until I saw an entire family of spider monkeys in a tree taking in the sights of the crazy tourists. This is where I really wished I had a point and shoot in my pocket.

And then we got to have a delicious lunch prepared for us by the Mayan women in their village. I'll have to see if I can get some photos of this from my son.

18 comments:

Chell said...

Wow those are some steep steps. I would have had trouble coming down since I would have had to look down..

pat said...

Oh my gosh, Angela--you are Superwoman! The cenote, the pyramid--I couldn't do ANY of that! Heights--shudder!! The photo looking down the pyramid was enough to make me sweat. I give you BIG props. What an awesome experience!!!

Val said...

Wow! So cool!

Sara said...

Wowzers, what an amazing experience!
I'm so jealous...

Kristina said...

Wow, that last shot is so stinkin' high up there! Crazy.

Becky said...

I love how active you were on your vacation! Sometimes I like to do that and sometimes I like to be a stump (usually related to whether my weight is up or down at the time LOL). What a cool pyramid. And a zip line is another one of those things I want to work up the courage to do.

Mom2Drew said...

love the view from the top, incredible.

Reds said...

Wow - you are so brave to have done all that! Lots of stairs to climb up!!

YA said...

Oh that looks awesome, I would not want to fall down thos steps...ouch ouch ouch.

Kari said...

Ooh, I have sore legs just looking at these!

Michelle said...

you are one adventurous woman!! amazing pics of one fun vacation.

--sme said...

What a view!

Nicole said...

Oh wow, that looks scary going down! So glad you caught that.

Margaret said...

That is such a cool place. I'm loving seeing all your shots from your trip!

Diana said...

WOW that is awesome and man i wish i could be there looks like a grat work out! but definetly worth it

Amy said...

What an amazing vacation! I had to go back and read your earlier posts too. You would NEVER catch me up that high or down that low, but you look like you were having a great time!

Bobbi said...

I am so impressed with you activeness! really puts me to shame, love these pics.

jewels said...

Wow, what a view! How are you legs? It's amazing what a work-out steps can be. This looks like fun, really, I wish I could be there! :)

Cheers,
jewels