Wild and Crazy

On Monday, June 25th we headed to Xpujil where we once again stayed at Casa Ka’an in our very own little house in the middle of the jungle.

This was Jason’s third stay at Casa Ka’an, and the second time for both Jack and me.  I am pretty sure that Jason keeps bringing us back to Xpujil and Casa Ka’an, because he knows that I fall a little more in love with it with each visit. 

Water can be pretty scarce in this part of Mexico, and yet, it is incredibly beautiful.  The vegetation and wildlife take my breath away over and over and over again.  Jason knows this and I wonder if it isn’t part of his long range plan to retire in Mexico (which I am I totally cool with – I am just not sure about Xpujil.  It is pretty remote and yarn would be very scarce).

After unpacking our bags, pouring ourselves something refreshing to drink, and getting the WiFi working on William’s iPad, Jason and I headed to the chairs on our front porch to do a little nature watching and within 15 minutes we had seen 4 different hummingbirds flitting between the feeder and a nearby bush.  “This,” I declared to my beloved “is way better than Netflix.”  (Further proof that I am a total nerd – I knit and hummingbird watched for hours.).  The God sightings abound in Xpujil!

I almost had a change of heart about nature and all of those amazing God sightings later that evening when I was rinsing my hair, and I watched an actual salamander climb out of the drain and join me, but I reminded myself that I was visiting his home and tried to be as brave as my 5 year old son would have been.

The next morning we were up bright and early, because our guide was picking us up to take us to the Maya ruins at Calakmul where we did even more bird watching, animal sighting, and, of course, Maya ruin exploring. 

The drive from Xpujil to the ruins takes about 2 hours because the Calakmul ruins are located in the middle of the massive Calakmul Biosphere Reserve and the ruins themselves are a UNESCO protected site. 

It is truly an honor and a blessing to be able to visit the ruins at Calakmul, and frankly relatively few people are able to have this extraordinary experience.  Calakmul is remote.  We were only 25 or so miles from the border with Guatemala.  1.6 million people visit the Maya ruins at Chichen Itza every year (about 4,400 per day on average), but on average the Calakmul ruins get 60 visitors a day.  On our first day at Calakmul, I only counted 15 other visitors.

We were blessed to see wildlife galore!

We saw seriously cool lizards.
Megaladon at the Calakmul museum (about 40km north of the ruins)
Woodpeckers
Oscellated turkeys
Air plants
Roadside hawks
Leafcutter ants
King Flycatcher

PLUS A SNAKE, but sadly he was moving far too quickly to have his picture taken!

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