To continue with our trip off we went to Uxmal .It was earlier in the day and very quiet . Uxmal is a site that never really gets an overload of tourists but it’s always best to visit in the morning before the heat of the day.
Vincent had already seen Uxmal on his last visit but was quite happy to go again
After chatting with a young man from the village, Rogelio ,at the turnstile, the entrance to the ruins, Vincent and I where leisurely walking towards the pyramid of the magician when my friend Jorge came towards us with open arms and kisses. Jorge is one of the many guides in Uxmal but what is unique with Jorge is that he has been there the longest, over 30 years. He knows the ruins like the back of his hand, speaks Maya,Spanish,English,Italian,German,French and learning a little Russian, all self-taught.
Why did you not call me Valerie, to tell me your brother was here, he said, Well Jorge I know you are busy and I did not want to bother you or intrude on your work time.
Valerie , I always will make time for you ! Now I will come and walk with you and your brother around the ruins… But Jorge do you not have appointments? I said.Yes but I am going to cancel these for this auspicious occasion of your brothers visit all the way from england…..
After more than two wonderful hours walking and talking with Jorge I can now see why the people love him so much as a guide. He is well versed , he will sing to you, he will tell you more of the history than most of the other guides and he is with you not only physical but in spirit. I felt it a great honour that he was so generous with his time that he shared with us.
At one point I sat under some trees whilst Jorge and Vincent went up to the steps of the governors palace.I heard a tap tap tapping noise knowing it was a woodpecker I glanced upwards and sure enough there he was…. just a baby , I thought .
Then appeared another one Ahhh maybe its his brother or sister …. it was such a peaceful time until a group decieded to have a group photo standing in a row with arms upwards. I didnt mind them taking their photo for rememberance but what I did mind was the loud clapping and shouting afterwards that scared off the birds and the peacefulness was gone… Oh well, I am sure they were happy with their picture.
I finally climbed the one pyramid allowed, for the first time, after the many times I have visited Uxmal. The view from the top is stunning to say the least and well worth the puffing and panting to reach the top.
Again I saw things that I had not seen before and I know the next time I go back there will be other things to see.
amazed when people visit Uxmal that they can say they saw everything in 2 hours or less…………… it’s just not possible to ingest the magnificence of this place in such a short time. Such a shame. There are a few that will spend the entire day visiting but it is a few.