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Yucatan in Mexico is a perfect place for a travel: it combines ancient history of mayan archeological sites, best beaches of the world in the Riviera Maya (and Holbox Island) and Cenotes, a natural wonder that you can find only here.

I will try to give you an overview of the main Mayan City ruins, starting from Palenque (which technically is Chiapas, not Yucatan).

 

Palenque The Palace Mexico Enrico Pescantini 6

 

Palenque is well known for its well-preserved palaces and architectonical details, and it is a very crowded site. I strongly suggest to visit it right at the opening time around 8am or 9am, most of the tourists will start to flow in around 11am, besides an extreme heat that will make the visit not so pleasant.

 

Palenque Mexico Enrico Pescantini

 

After the visit (which could take 2-3 hours), don’t miss the museum, where some amazing art pieces are conserved, which is 10 minutes walking from the entrance.

 

Palenque Mexico Enrico Pescantini 3

Palenque Mexico Enrico Pescantini 3

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Palenque

 

The main attraction is Pakal’s Sarcophagus lid, one of the more amazing archeological findings of Mayan World.

 

Pakal's Sarcophagus lid Palenque Mexico Enrico Pescantini 4

Pakal’s Sarcophagus lid

 

After Palenque, we wanted to visit Calakmul, one of the most remote mayan sites, hidden in the jungle. We were able to find an organized day trip from and back to Palenque, the only one existing, that you can find here . You will leave at 5am and come back at 9pm, but Calakmul is one of the best ones, and you can’t miss it.

 

Calakmul Aerial view by drone Enrico Pescantini

Calakmul Aerial view by drone

Bring 3 liters of water per person: there are no shops on the site, the humidity and temperature are very strong! Besides, it is one of the few site where you can climb up and down the structures, which is amazing…but also very very intese!

 

Calakmul Yucatan Mexico Enrico Pescantini

 

No other ruins is surrounded by jungle like Calakmul, which makes it very unique!

 

Calakmul Yucatan Mexico Enrico Pescantini 2

 

The endless jungle surrounding it is a national reserve, and you see green until the horizon.

 

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After the jungle, let’s see the only mayan ruins on the sea, at Tulum! This site is quite small, but on the bright side has also a wonderful beach where you can rest after your visit. Best seen from a boat, as you can see in the shot below.

 

Tulum archeological site ruins from the sea

Tulum archeological site ruins from the sea

 

From Tulum we move to one of the seven wonders of the world, the world-famous site of Chichen Itza, here see from the sky:

 

Mayan Age of Empires Chichen Itza by drone aerial shot Enrico Pescantini

Mayan Age of Empires – Chichen Itza by drone

 

Chichen Itza by drone aerial shot Enrico Pescantini

Chichen Itza by drone

 

The site is very, very crowded, so I strongly recommend to visit at the opening time. El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan is the main attraction, and its fame is well deserved.

 

El Castillo Temple of Kukulcan Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico

 

 

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Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico

Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico

Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico

Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico

 

The scary sculptures of skulls and human sacrifices are actually not mayan, but Toltecs.

 

toltec sculptures in chichen itza

 

Before our last Mayan site, let’s dip in some Cenotes! We tried to find the less known one, in order to experience them (almost) alone. First one is Cenote LOL-HA, half an hour driving from Chichen Itza. It is in the middle of nothing, and you get in from a very tall and scary iron ladder. But you will be alone.

 

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Cenote LOL-HA

Another one, famous to locals, is Yokdzonot Cenote, which has also a very nice local restaurant.

 

Yokdzonot Cenote Yucatan Mexico

Yokdzonot Cenote Yucatan Mexico

 

Cenote Chihuán is more a cave-cenote, quite small, but since it is on the road to Merida, worth it to pay a visit.

Cenote Chihuán Yucatan Mexico

Cenote Chihuán Yucatan Mexico

 

Cenote Kankirixche is south of Merida, and again a cave-type one. Quite nice and big, but very, very popular among locals, so quite crowded.

 

Cenote Kankirixche Yucatan Mexico

Cenote Kankirixche Yucatan Mexico

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Cenote Kankirixche Yucatan Mexico 2

 

 

But the best ones are the Cuzama Cenotes, also called the three cenotes of Cuzama. If you get there around 9am, you will probably be the only one to visit them. After you park the car, you will get into this chariots on rails, pulled by horses, which will take you straight in the jungle. Quite an experience!

 

 

We were completely alone here, and this has been probably one of the best experience I had in the world. Words, and neither images can describe diving in this blue water underground. The first one is the biggest:

 

Three Cuzama Cenotes

Three Cuzama Cenotes

 

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Three Cuzama Cenotes

Second one is like a huge cave:

 

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Three Cuzama Cenotes

The last one is literally a hole in the ground, where you can crawl in and visit this underground cave.

Our last ruin is Uxmal: if you are thinking to give up on archeological sites, since you’ve already seen a bunch of them, don’t do it! Uxmal has the best preserved sculptures of all of them, and it not crowded like the others.

 

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Uxmal Yucatan

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Uxmal Yucatan Mexico

 

Uxmal Yucatan Mexico

Uxmal Yucatan Mexico

 

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Uxmal Yucatan Mexico

 

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Uxmal Yucatan Mexico

 

 

 

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Come scattare bellissime foto di viaggio con i droni – Articolo su Dronezine https://pescart.com/dronezine-fotografia-viaggio-droni/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:17:15 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6397 Sulla rivista italiana Dronezine, dedicata al mondo dei droni, potete trovare la mia intervista su consigli e suggerimenti per scattare fotografie di viaggio con i droni. La copia è gratuita e potete scaricarla cliccando sull’immagine sottostante!

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Sulla rivista italiana Dronezine, dedicata al mondo dei droni, potete trovare la mia intervista su consigli e suggerimenti per scattare fotografie di viaggio con i droni.

La copia è gratuita e potete scaricarla cliccando sull’immagine sottostante!

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A Red Superhero in North Korea – Enrico Pescantini https://pescart.com/a-red-superhero-in-north-korea/ Fri, 11 May 2018 13:37:11 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6313 A Red Superhero in North Korea è il mio nuovo progetto fotografico, presentato dalla galleria d’arte contemporanea GLI EROICI FURORI nell’ambito del Milano PHOTO FESTIVAL 13TH EDIZIONE 2018   Qui potete vedere gli scatti del progetto Di seguito un estratto […]

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A Red Superhero in North Korea è il mio nuovo progetto fotografico, presentato dalla galleria d’arte contemporanea GLI EROICI FURORI nell’ambito del Milano PHOTO FESTIVAL 13TH EDIZIONE 2018

 

A Red Superhero in North Korea Enrico Pescantini Monumento alla Fondazione del Partito

Monumento alla Fondazione del Partito

Qui potete vedere gli scatti del progetto

Di seguito un estratto dal comunicato stampa ufficiale:

Con A RED SUPERHERO IN NORTH KOREA Enrico Pescantini ci trascina in un’avventura fantasmagorica, grazie alla sua capacità di fondere fantasia e realtà, rendendo protagonisti delle sue opere i personaggi appartenenti all’immaginario di tutti.

 

Ci invita ad addentrarci con coraggio, ma anche e soprattutto con una prospettiva diversa e leggera, nel Paese più controverso della nostra epoca, la Nord Corea.

 

Ecco dunque che si compie il suo progetto più ardito, fotografare Superman stesso, il più universale e potente tra i supereroi, mentre si cimenta in una nuova memorabile impresa: visitare il più inaccessibile dei paesi.

 

E lo fa non tramite il Superman che tutti conosciamo, ma con un suo “alter ego comunista”, che riesce anche a mostrarci la grandezza e la bellezza della Nord Corea.

 

Sfidando divieti e proibizioni, nasce così “A Red Superhero in North Korea”.

 

La mostra completa una trilogia iniziata nel 2014 con l’esposizione di “Barbie Around the World”, dedicata alla bambola più famosa del mondo e costituita da Barbies originali e opere a lei ispirate.

 

Nell’anno successivo, il 2015, Enrico Pescantini ha letteralmente cercato di scrutare nella vita fuori dal set dei protagonisti di Star Wars, catapultando questi ultimi in una tipica situazione vacanziera.

 

Ora, in un momento storico – il 2018 – determinato talvolta dalle altalene umorali di alcuni capi di stato, il simpatico e vigoroso Red Superhero è pronto a tenere alti gli ideali rivoluzionari e a metterli in pratica sfidando divieti e norme oppressive, sventolando al suo fianco una rossa bandiera comunista.

 

Pescantini come fotografo viaggia in questo modo tra la dimensione reale e quella immaginaria, tra il vero e l’apparenza, il reale e l’ideale, con nobile e aitante ironia.

 

 

A Red Superhero in North Korea Enrico Pescantini INVITO

A Red Superhero in North Korea Enrico Pescantini INVITO

 

 

Ecco alcuni scatti di reportage sul viaggio, in attesa dell’inaugurazione mercoledi 23 maggio 2018 alle 18.30

 

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Aerial view by drone of Pink Lagoons of Las Coloradas, in Yucatan, Mexico! https://pescart.com/pink-lagoons-las-coloradas/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:12:18 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6302 Pink lagoons of Las Coloradas are one of the amazing places of our planet that you cannot miss if you are planning a travel to Mexico and Yucatan. Las Coloradas is a very small fisherman village which has in the […]

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Pink lagoons of Las Coloradas are one of the amazing places of our planet that you cannot miss if you are planning a travel to Mexico and Yucatan.

Las Coloradas is a very small fisherman village which has in the surroundings these beautiful pink lakes, just next the ocean. Plus, they are home of pink flamingos. It is truly a pink world there.

Pink lagoons Las Coloradas Yucatan Mexico Aerial View by drone Enrico Pescantini 5

Las Coloradas

 

It can be easily arranged as a day trip, we did it with our rental car after we landed in Cancun Airport, consider yourself around 3.5 – 4 hours of driving from the airport. Especially in the last hour, the landscape it is truly amazing.

Once you get to the thin stretch of land that arrives to the town, you’ll find yourself beach and ocean on the left side and the lagoons on the right side, which you cannot see until you get to the entrance of town.

Don’t stop at the many local boys that tries to sell you boat tours, you can do everything by yourself.

Just before the entrance of the town, get on the right side, and you will find many cars parked around: just get off and start walking around. You can see below easily the place to park:

 

Pink lagoons Las Coloradas Yucatan Mexico Aerial View by drone Enrico Pescantini 4

Las Coloradas

Remember that it is forbidden to enter in the water, despite what you might read around: when we were there nobody was even touching the water.

Allow yourself around one hour to walk around, and explore the banks that are dividing the lakes, and you will easily spot pink flamingos around.

It is a paradise for any photographer, even if you have to consider that time of the day and intensity of light may change how much pink it can get.

 

Pink lagoons Las Coloradas Yucatan Mexico Aerial View by drone Enrico Pescantini 6

Las Coloradas

I have to admit that from the sky, the landscape it is even better, and it allows you to create true art composition, like the following ones:

 

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Aerial View by drone

 

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Aerial View by drone

 

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Aerial View by drone

 

I recommend you to do a lunch stopover in this town restaurant called Restaurant Las Gaviotas: it may seems not so good, but I had an amazing lobster at little more than 12 euros (15 USD), so don’t miss it!

Allow yourself around 3.5 – 4 hours to get back to Valladolid or Chichen Itza to continue your trip. If you are looking for an Hacienda to sleep in Yucatan, read my post on Hacienda Yaxcopoil!

Enjoy again the pink lagoons through this aerial film:

 

 

 

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Fuerteventura: sands and ocean in the Corralejo Dunes Park. https://pescart.com/fuerteventura-corralejo-dunes-park/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:16:11 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6280 Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands, a group of remote islands off the North-West African Coast but yet part of Spain. So basically you have all the advantages of an Tropical Island with the comforts of a European country, […]

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Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands, a group of remote islands off the North-West African Coast but yet part of Spain. So basically you have all the advantages of an Tropical Island with the comforts of a European country, including a summer that lasts all summer long.

Of all the main islands (Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura), Fuerteventura is among the wildest, and a paradise for nature-lovers, surfers and kite-surfers.

The scenary is a rock island, volcanic and deserted… truly beautiful to the eyes (and to the cameras).

The north of the Island is among the wildest, with the beautiful gem of Corralejo Dunes Park: from the airport (located in the “capital” Puerto del Carmen) going north you’ll find this coast made of white-sand dunes ending up to the sea, a beautiful blue and green ocean. Nothing else, just sands and water. Simply beautiful.

 

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Corralejo Dunes Park road

 

You can easily pull over along the way to relax on a beach, or venture on the dunes of sands.

 

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In some parts the road goes inland, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by desert: if feels like being in the Sahara!

 

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The opportunity for photography are endless, and I particularly love the following shot, which could become a perfect three pieces wall art!

 

Fuerteventura Corralejo Dunes Park Wallpaper Wall Art

Corralejo Dunes Park Wall Art

 

And after the photos, you can enjoy this video:

 

 

Another gem worth a day tour from Corralejo, is Isla de Lobos, a deserted island which you can visit with a 15-minutes ferry from Corralejo port. Usually first ferry is around 10.00, and they go every hour

Once landed, first thing to do is book a place in the only tiny restaurant of the island, which has a breath-taking view on the beach, taking one of the 2 time slots available (around 13.00 and 14.30) Beware it has only Paella (9 euros) or Fried Fish (7 euro), there are really no other alternatives.

Trust me, you can’t miss this place.

 

Fuerteventura Isla de Lobos Restaurant Chiringuito Lobos Antoñito El Farero

Fuerteventura Isla de Lobos Restaurant Chiringuito Lobos Antoñito El Farero

 

 

Fuerteventura Isla de Lobos Restaurant Pier

Fuerteventura Isla de Lobos Restaurant Pier

 

Second thing is head to Playa de la Concha, best beach of the island, as you can see below. But please, protect the environment and don’t throw trash around, this is a natural park!

 

Fuerteventura Playa de la Concha de Lobos

Fuerteventura Playa de la Concha de Lobos

 

It’s about 10 minutes walking from the main pier, but you will easily find a corner all for yourself!

 

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Hacienda Yaxcopoil: spend the night in colonial rural estate of 17th century! https://pescart.com/hacienda-yaxcopoil-mexico/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:03:56 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6247 Haciendas were rural estates of the Spanish colonies, and they could be farms, factories or mines, or all of them altogether. Some of them were up and running until the last century, and there are a lot of them in […]

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Haciendas were rural estates of the Spanish colonies, and they could be farms, factories or mines, or all of them altogether.

Some of them were up and running until the last century, and there are a lot of them in Mexico, especially in Yucatan: few of them have been converted in super luxury hotels and resorts, especially around Merida, with average price per night of minimum 300 or 400 USD.

After a lot of pre-travel research I found a true gem, that preserves the historical feeling of the place and it is at the same time affordable: Hacienda Yaxcopoil.

 

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Hacienda Yaxcopoil Mexico

 

It is dated back to 17th century, and at that time it was one of the biggest estates of Yucatan and it was active until 1984, which is kind of impressive.

 

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Hacienda Yaxcopoil Mexico

 

It is located between Merida and Uxmal, and you can both do a guided tour or spend the night, like we did. You actually have the possibility to sleep inside the Hacienda, and share the whole estate just with the old tenants, which will attend to your room, dinner and breakfast.

 

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Yes, you will have a whole hacienda just for yourself, where you can walk around, relax, take photos completely in solitude. Needless to say, one of the best experience of Mexico!

 

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The room is simple, but huge and in colonial style, which we loved, and you have a small patio where you can have your dinner (a true homecooked mexican dinner) and breakfast.

 

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Hacienda Yaxcopoil Mexico – room for sleepover

 

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Hacienda Yaxcopoil Mexico outside the room

 

After 5pm the guided tours stop, so you can wander around the property.

 

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I personally love to spend the night in historical buildings, like for example these caravanserrai along the Silk Way in Iran.

Price for 1 night including breakfast and dinner has been 150USD, which considering the place, is more than fair! To book simply write an email on their website.

 

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Life UnderWater II – Tulum, Mexico https://pescart.com/life-underwater-2-tulum/ Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:56:49 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6270 Tulum in Mexico has become in the recent years a very popular (and fancy) beach destination in Mexico. Besides a beautiful white sand beach, and the only Mayan ruins on the ocean, Tulum is also great for snorkeling. The second […]

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Tulum in Mexico has become in the recent years a very popular (and fancy) beach destination in Mexico. Besides a beautiful white sand beach, and the only Mayan ruins on the ocean, Tulum is also great for snorkeling.

The second chapter of my video project Life UnderWater has been shot here: best seen in 4k, full screen.

 

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Isla Holbox: the last mexican hippie island! https://pescart.com/isla-holbox-last-mexican-hippie-island/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:12:38 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6206   Isla Holbox is a less-popular beach destination of Yucatan, and luckily, less crowded and much less touristy than Tulum or Cancun area. Or anything between them! Let me give you a feeling of the place with this footage!   […]

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  Isla Holbox is a less-popular beach destination of Yucatan, and luckily, less crowded and much less touristy than Tulum or Cancun area. Or anything between them!

Let me give you a feeling of the place with this footage!

 

 

 

During the planning of our Mexican trip (check the previous post on Teotihuacan pyramids), it has been an hard choice between Isla Holbox vs Isla Mujeres, and after a long research we have decided for this beach-town island. Why? Mainly to avoid the crowd.

 

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Isla Holbox From Above: the town in foreground, Punta Cocos in background

 

Before describing I have to say to everyone that’s making the choice: if you are looking for pristine, blue waters crowded with corals and fishes, HOLBOX IS NOT THE CHOICE!

We loved this place, but for many other reasons, not if you are a snorkeling fan and looking to spend your time swimming and looking for fishes. This mainly for the really shallow waters and the green not-so-transparent water: amazing, but not ideal for snorkeling.

 

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Beach near town

 

Holbox is the perfect destination if you are looking to relax walking on the beach, eating good food, avoid crowds, stay in the nature, enjoying the sunsets, avoid cars and pollution, sleep in small and family-type hotels, and finding a piece of beach where you are (almost) alone.

 

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Beach in Punta Mosquito, north of the island, reachable by bike and walking

 

Easiest way to get here is ask your hotel a transfer from Cancun Airport: it is 2 hours of car-bus, than less of 1 hour of boat and a short golf cart transfer to your hotel. For a roundtrip transfer Cancun-Holbox consider around 130 USD.

I strongly recommend you to stay in a hotel ON the beach, and the best choice in my opinion is Casa Las Tortugas: it is in town, yet has one the best private beach in front of it, at a reasonable cost.

You can move around Isla Holbox in 3 ways:

  1. walking: consider that from town to the far west point (Punta Cocos) is 30 minutes by walking
  2. bike: you can rent a bike everywhere, and it is the best way to move
  3. taxi cart: they take you everywhere and quite cheap: from town to punta cocos is 100 MXN

 

It is easy to orientate: the north part is Punta Cocos, a beautiful beach perfect for sunset on the sea:

 

 

Then there is the town, full of shops and restaurants. And also of wall arts, which I found amazing. You can walk around trying to collect as many of them!

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I can recommend to places to eat: for tacos, burritos and traditional mexican food go to Taco Queto,  it is delicious and for a good price. For more fancy dining, and wonderful breakfast (like huge pancakes and french toasts) Básico. In any case, try the local beer “Los Peleones”!

 

Isla Holbox Island Mexico Enrico Pescantini Pescart Travel Blog local artesenal beer los peleones

Local artesenal beer “los peleones”

 

Moving east, comes the wild part, until you reach Punta Mosquito.

 

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Here’s the crowd is very very few, and you can make some amazing wildlife encounters, like for example the jurassic Horseshoe Crab, completely harmless, and an endangered species.

 

Isla Holbox Island Mexico Enrico Pescantini Pescart Travel Blog horseshoe crab

Horseshoe crab hiding below the sand, in shallow water. Don’t step on them!

 

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Dead horseshoe crabs on the beach

 

You will find many of them lying on the beach upside down, dead, unfortunately. If you find one still breathing, it easy to help him flipping back, and guide him back to the sea:

 

 

I was amazed to find also eagles, like these couple of black-and-white hawk eagles, protecting their nest nearby.

 

Isla Holbox Island Mexico Enrico Pescantini Pescart Travel Blog black-and-white hawk eagles

Black-and-white hawk eagles

 

 

The view here is the best of the island, just beach, nature and wildlife, and very few tourists. Definately a perfect place to spend you holiday!

 

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Punta Mosquito

 

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Teotihuacan Archeological Site in Mexico City: pyramids seen from the sky! https://pescart.com/teotihuacan-pyramids-mexico/ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:27:32 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6194  Teotihuacan pyramids site has been one of my favorite archeological sites of Mexico. It hasn’t the details of Palenque or the surrounding jungle of Calakmul, it is simply MASSIVE, and these huge pyramids can face their sisters in Egypt. We […]

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 Teotihuacan pyramids site has been one of my favorite archeological sites of Mexico. It hasn’t the details of Palenque or the surrounding jungle of Calakmul, it is simply MASSIVE, and these huge pyramids can face their sisters in Egypt.

We had only one long day in Mexico City, landing at 5.30 am and leaving at 8 pm, so we decided to do an half day visit to Teotihuacan and spend the rest of the day in Mexico City.

To make things easier, we rented a driver for picking up at the airport (at 6.30am) and bring us to the site, and then back to the city at around noon. We used this car service, which I find reliable, for around 140USD just driver, and 160 USD with the “guide”: just take the car, you can find guides on the site, which I strongly recommend you.

Once we arrived on the site, the sky was full of hot air balloons, and the sun was rising behind them, truly a beautiful sights. We didn’t do it, but it looks amazing to view sunrise on Teotihuacan!

 

Teotihuacan Pyramids Mexico City Enrico Pescantini photographer

 

The Pyramid of the Sun is connected to the Pyramid of the Moon by a huge avenue, called avenue of the Dead. This is an aerial shot of the pyramid of the sun, which I truly love:

 

Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Sun from Above - Enrico Pescantini Photography

 

You can actually climb up to the top and see all the site:

 

Teotihuacan Pyramids Mexico City Enrico Pescantini photographer 3

 

And taking selfies with a super extra long selfie stick (a new gadget I bought for the occasion, even if my long hatred against selfie stick…)

 

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From the sky you can see the huge avenue crossing though the site:

 

Teotihuacan Pyramids from Above - Enrico Pescantini Photography

 

Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Moon from Above - Enrico Pescantini Photography

 

You can’t climb up the pyramid of the moon, just getting to a mid-way platform, which faces the avenue of the dead.

 

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As you can see from the shots, the sky was full of hot air balloons, making the place even more magical.

 

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Next to the pyramid of the moon, and on the way to the exit of the site, you can’t miss the Palace of Quetzalpapálotl, which still has colors and painting of over 2000 years old!

 

 

 

Next to it, there are some underground excavations where you can spot the original colors of the whole archeological site.

 

Quetzalpapálotl Enrico Pescantini Photography 3

 

Back in Mexico City, we had just time for devouring tacos and see the main spots, which are all round Plaza de la Constitucion/ Zocalo. Here you can visit the Templo Mayor, an amazing archeological site which has been buried for centuries below the new city of the Spanish, built on top of the ancient one. There is a parte above ground, with wall built by hundreds of skulls:

Templo Mayor Museum Mexico City Enrico Pescantini Travel Photographer

 

 

And a beautiful museum where the best pieces are preserved:

 

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Last the National Palace (free entrance, quite a long line), where you can see the amazing murals of artist Diego Rivera (also husband of Frida Kahlo), that shows the history of Mexico, with also the slaughtering of local population at the time of the spanish conquistadors.

 

Palacio Nacional Diego Rivera mural Enrico Pescantini travel photographer

 

Palacio Nacional Diego Rivera mural Enrico Pescantini travel photographer 2

Palacio Nacional Diego Rivera mural Enrico Pescantini travel photographer 2

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Costa Rica part 2: from Monteverde to Corcovado National Park! https://pescart.com/costa-rica-monteverde-corcovado-ballena/ Sun, 24 Dec 2017 18:06:01 +0000 http://pescart.com/?p=6153 Monteverde is a must-see destination of Costa Rica, mainly for the best zipline of the country! I suggest you Selvatura, that allows you to speed among the trees instead of above them!       In the package you can’t […]

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Monteverde is a must-see destination of Costa Rica, mainly for the best zipline of the country! I suggest you Selvatura, that allows you to speed among the trees instead of above them!

 

 

 

In the package you can’t do a walk among the hanging bridges, and see the cloud forest from a slower pace! Beware of the heavy rains in Monteverde, otherwise you will literally drawn like we did!

 

costa rica monteverde zipline

 

On the way down from Monteverde, you could stop to Puntarenas for a 1-day tour to beautiful Isla Tortuga, a small island famous for snorkeling and water sports. Best way to visit it is with the beautiful catamaran of Calypso Cruises:

 

 

On the way down from Puntarenas you can’t miss a crocodile tour in Rio Tarcoles, a national park along the massive river Tarcoles. You really can see them from an extremely close point of view and watch the guides feeding them, watch the video on here!

 

crocodile feeding rio tarcoles costa rica

Next stop is Marino Ballena National Park, the best spot in Costa Rica for whale watching, and worth sleeping 1 night.

 

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 The amazing thing in Uvita, the main town of the national park,  is the whale-tail shaped peninsula, that emerges from the sea on low tides! Ask locally the right hours to witness this natural phenomenon!

Punta Ballena Costa Rica From Above Enrico Pescantini

 

On the way down to Corcovado National Park, you should stop to have what I considered the best meal in Costa Rica, in a very nice restaurant along the way down, called Ballena Bistro.

 

Ballena Bistro Costa Rica Restaurant

Ballena Bistro Costa Rica Restaurant

Ballena Bistro Costa Rica Restaurant

Ballena Bistro Costa Rica Restaurant

 

Corcovado National Park is one of the most remote places you can visit in Costa Rica, but it is definitely worth while. Main village to access there is Carate Beach, a group of hotel and hostel right on the beach. Here you can mainly chill out in the jungle and walk along the endless volcanic beach: beware that you cannot swim here, at all!

 

costa rica carate beach

costa rica carate beach

costa rica carate beach

costa rica carate beach

If you are lucky, you can witness the green turtle nesting right on the beach, without any tour or ticket entrance, just right there on the beach. We’ve been that lucky, and this is what we saw right when we arrived in Carate:

 

 

corcovado carate turtle nesting

 

corcovado carate turtle nesting

 

The 1 day hiking activity to Corcovado National Park allows you to see different wildlife, according to your luck. Consider an 6-7 hours of walking, under a very warm climate, so be prepared.

Most beautiful sightings of the place are macaws, in Carate there are tons of them, and you can see in the sky always a couple of them flying around. Or even upclose like below

 

 

carate beach macaws

 

During the walk in Corcovado we were followed by menacing, angry White-headed capuchin monkeys, marking their territory:

corcovado national park angry monkey

 

We also spotted colorful frogs:

corcovado national park frog

 

And a tarantula spider:

corcovado national park tarantula

 

From the solitude of Carate Beach we went back north to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most famous parks in Costa Rica. The beach in the main town is mainly for water sports, not so good for swimming, while the beaches inside the national park are quite beautiful.

 

Costa Rica From Above Enrico Pescantini Manuel Antonio National Park Tombolo

Costa Rica From Above: Manuel Antonio National Park Tombolo

There is an high chance of spotting sloths, which I found the most funny and interesting animals of Costa Rica!

 

 

 

Last stop of the travel was Tortuguero National Park: the main reason to visit it is to spot the turtles nesting during the night, and visiting the river canals around. Honestly, since we experienced a turtle nesting in front of us in Corcovado, this part of the trip was not particularly exciting.

On the long way from San Jose to Tortuguero (bus+boat) we stopped for another species of sloath, smaller and cuter than the usual ones!

costa rica pescart sloath

costa rica pescart sloath

 

Best thing for us was the night tour for spotting nocturnal wildlife, and the presence of beautiful red frogs!

 

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