Cancun might be considered the "Las Vegas" of Mexico, with its commercialism, hedonism, and vulgarly extravagant
hotels. Yet it is still a wonderful place to visit. Beautiful, well-preserved Mayan ruins are located within a
couple hours of the city. And the climate and beaches are hard to beat. There are plenty of places to find
solitude if you don't spend all of your time on "the strip."
The ancient city of Chichen Itza is one of Mexico's most famous archealogical sites, is just 110 miles (178 km) from Cancun. Founded in the year 514 and abandoned between 1196 and 1441, the intricate carvings are remarkably intact, thanks to the dry weather and hard stone used to build the structures.
The Temple of Kukulkan, a 90-foot pyramid, is the largest structure at Chichen Itza. Named after the feathered god Kukulkan, also knows as Quetzalcoatl to the Aztecs, is oriented to mark the equinoxes, resulting in serpent-like shadows running down the sides twice a year.
CoCoJust got back from a trip to Cancun and though I'd see if there were any pictures of Coco on the web.
Not sure when you went but Coco is now twenty-one years old and still as lovely as ever.
When I saw her lumbering across the sand I cried. I cried because I'd always believed that Chimpanzees belong in the wild. They do not belong in zoos or circuses and certainly not as a photographer's prop.
However, as I got to know Coco, and discovered that she was born in captivity twenty-one years ago, I realised that with all the good intentions in the world, she would never know what it was like to be truly free.
I'm not saying that I approve of her situation; but I honestly believe that cuddling up to strangers is the best she's going to get.
It's all she's ever known.
-- Tracey Thomas