We left Valladolid this morning and drove four hours further into the Yucatan interior. Lots of interesting towns & sights along the way.
Guard goat on our walk to the coffee shop this morning.
Driving through the Yucatan we come across references to the cult of the Talking Cross and to the Caste War.
The cult of the Talking Cross developed in the mid-19th century in the Yucatan Peninsula and helped to unite the rebelling Maya under a new religion that blended Christianity and Maya beliefs.
The Caste War (1847–1901) was a revolt of the indigenous Maya of the Yucatán Peninsula with the goal of establishing an independent Maya state. It seems that the cult of the Talking Cross was a factor in motivating the Maya to revolt.
Iglesia de la Santisima Cruz Tun is a major Talking Cross sight.
The ruined Catholic church at nearby Xocén
They have set up a simple shelter within the ruin and apparently hold services there
The Templo del Santo Niño Jesús in Tihosuco was destroyed in 1866 following a siege by Maya rebels against government forces in the church. The has been partially restored but the entrance façade was never rebuilt in order to remember the war.
The Caste War Museum in Tihosuco
Outside the museum. A very helpful staff member volunteered to take a photo of us.
A roadside Talking Cross shrine
Church in Sabán
The town of Peto
Small village of Tixcuytún
Our hotel room in Tekax
There weren't a lot options for restaurants in Tekax. This one wasn't bad and we had excellent service!
The courtyard/pool area at our hotel