Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Day 4- Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve and Cobá ruins

This morning we headed to the Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve to see Howler and Spider monkeys. About an hour and half drive from Chichen Itza, this park is remote and offers protection for the monkeys. The trails rocky, slippery and full of roots but our guide leads us quietly while calling to the spider monkeys. 
It's very windy and our day is not without reward... a family of spider monkeys but they are difficult to follow...


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Punta Laguna was declared a national protected area in 2002 in the official name of "Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh", the home of the spider monkey and the puma. With over 13,000 acres, this community consists of thirty Mayan families and offers hiking, birdwatching, and monkey watching while protecting their natural and cultural heritage. 





Cobá - After the park, we head for Cobá, about 56 miles east of Chichen Itza and approximately 20 miles west of the Caribbean. A climb up the tallest pyramid, Nohoch Mul, 138 ft. tall with 120 steps, reveals two carvings above the alcove of the descending god, still bearing the slight colors of turquoise and red. 
Only a few of the roughly 6,500 structures have been uncovered. As many as 50 sacbes, mayan roads, led into this massive city, including one which is over 62 miles long, the longest in the Mayan world.  


Visitors can still climb this pyramid for a commanding view of the jungle from above. 




The temple of the frescoes








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