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The Magician\'s Pyramid, by Suprada on Flickr.

The Magician\'s Pyramid, Uxmal, Mexico

When we visited Mexico last December, I specifically wanted to visit some of the ancient Maya sites. Doing my research for the trip, I came across multiple reviews recommending Uxmal. Uxmal is supposed to be the most elegant of the Inca archeological sites with very elegant carvings. It is also supposed to be a lot less crowded -fewer visitors - nothing like the insanity of Chichen Itza.

I must report that all the above is true. When we landed in Cancun, we drove directly to Merida. On Christmas Day, we headed out to Uxmal - hoping for even fewer crowds. We were not disappointed. It was a great day - the billowy dark rain clouds were moving around the sky - a photographers dream. At Uxmal, we hired a guide to take us around and explain the excavated ruins. That was a very good move - it brought the ruins to life and we got to know about the Mayans in a very entertaining way. Highly recommended if you want the place to appear more than a bunch of buildings and experience the site. We also got to know that a very small part of Uxmal has been excavated and a lot of archaeological work is ongoing. Here\'s more about Uxmal on the internet - http://www.locogringo.com/past_spotlights/nov2001.html

The photo here shows the Pyramid of the magician, taken with a very wide angle lens. Note the horizon line band in the center of the frame...no rule of thirds for me here! Here is an entertaining story about how the Pyramid of the magician came about from Wikipedia - \"nother tale holds that when a certain gong was to sound, the city of Uxmal was destined to fall to a boy “not born of womanâ€. The gong was struck, one day, by a dwarf that was born unto no mother, but rather hatched from an egg by a childless, old woman. The sound of the gong struck fear into the city’s ruler and the dwarf was ordered to be executed. The ruler reconsidered the death sentence, though, and promised that the dwarf’s life would be spared if he could perform three seemingly impossible tasks.One of the tasks was to build a massive pyramid, taller than any building

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The Magician\'s Pyramid, by Suprada on Flickr.

The Magician\'s Pyramid, Uxmal, Mexico

When we visited Mexico last December, I specifically wanted to visit some of the ancient Maya sites. Doing my research for the trip, I came across multiple reviews recommending Uxmal. Uxmal is supposed to be the most elegant of the Inca archeological sites with very elegant carvings. It is also supposed to be a lot less crowded -fewer visitors - nothing like the insanity of Chichen Itza.

I must report that all the above is true. When we landed in Cancun, we drove directly to Merida. On Christmas Day, we headed out to Uxmal - hoping for even fewer crowds. We were not disappointed. It was a great day - the billowy dark rain clouds were moving around the sky - a photographers dream. At Uxmal, we hired a guide to take us around and explain the excavated ruins. That was a very good move - it brought the ruins to life and we got to know about the Mayans in a very entertaining way. Highly recommended if you want the place to appear more than a bunch of buildings and experience the site. We also got to know that a very small part of Uxmal has been excavated and a lot of archaeological work is ongoing. Here\'s more about Uxmal on the internet - http://www.locogringo.com/past_spotlights/nov2001.html

The photo here shows the Pyramid of the magician, taken with a very wide angle lens. Note the horizon line band in the center of the frame...no rule of thirds for me here! Here is an entertaining story about how the Pyramid of the magician came about from Wikipedia - \"nother tale holds that when a certain gong was to sound, the city of Uxmal was destined to fall to a boy “not born of womanâ€. The gong was struck, one day, by a dwarf that was born unto no mother, but rather hatched from an egg by a childless, old woman. The sound of the gong struck fear into the city’s ruler and the dwarf was ordered to be executed. The ruler reconsidered the death sentence, though, and promised that the dwarf’s life would be spared if he could perform three seemingly impossible tasks.One of the tasks was to build a massive pyramid, taller than any building

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