Palacio del Gobierno
The hubs and my brother exploring.
Night time view of the Governor's Palace
Inside the Governor's Palace are murals painted by a famous Mexican artist, Fernando Castro Pacheco. These murals show the history of the Maya after the arrival of the Spaniards.
He is seen as "the one true liberator of the Mayan slaves." He passed several laws in favor of poor, education, and women liberation.
Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Lazaro Cardenas
Each are two major figures in the emancipation of the Maya.
This mural depicts Mexico's eternal struggle with good (eagle) and evil (serpent). Fernando Castro Pacheco tries to portray this violent fight, which we hope, will eventually end with the triumph of Good- the liberation of the Mexican people and all their positive qualities from the dark proponents of Evil- symbolizing corruption, exploitation, and poverty.
Commander Francisco de Montejo together with his son and his nephew, would take on the conquest of the Yucatan Peninsula. The task of conquering the Peninsula, however, was not easy, and it took the Montejos 20 years to dominate the Maya whom defended themselves bravely.
Guerrero was shipwrecked off the coast of the Yucatan and captured by the Maya. Eight years later, Cortes rescued Guerrero, but Guerrero refused to go with Cortes. He instead stayed and fought against the Spanish along side the Maya. Guerrero, who married the daughter of the chief of Chetumal, is considered the father of "mestizaje" the mixing of the races in the Yucatan.
We stayed at Hacienda Merida. It was a very nice, clean, centrally- located hotel with reasonably-priced rooms, friendly service, and wonderful drinks and food.
Having drinks on the patio
The staff at Hacienda Merida recommended La Chaya Maya for dinner. We enjoyed our dinner, appetizers, and drinks.
Women making homemade tortillas in the restaurant
Shark empanadas! Yum
My new favorite drink. It's made of annis and honey.