Bandelier National Monument

If you’re ever near Los Alamos, New Mexico, stop in and visit Bandelier National Monument in the beautiful Frijoles Canyon.

The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the Southwest. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600 AD.” #wiki

Though there are over 70 miles of hiking trails, when we visited some years back, we visited only the Main Loop trail to see and tour the interesting cliff dwellings and the ruins of Tyuonyi (chew-OHN-yee) pueblo.

More info on the monument and park here:
History & Culture – Bandelier National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

View of Tyuonyi pueblo ruins

View of Tyuonyi pueblo ruins

Pictograh and Viga holes

Pictograh and viga holes used to hold the dwellings’ supports

Frijoles Canyon

Frijoles Canyon view from inside a cavate

Inside the Came room

Inside the Came room (a.k.a. cavate)

Volcanic Tuff cliff

Volcanic Tuff cliff formed from the Jemez Volcano over one million years ago

Inside the Cavate

Inside the cacate – plastered walls and smoked ceilings.

Volcanic Tuff cliffs

Volcanic Tuff cliffs

Tree Cholla cactus

Cylindropuntia imbricata (Tree Cholla) cactus in front of Alcove House

More info on the monument and park here:
History & Culture – Bandelier National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Tulum (Tulúm…Zama) 

Looking back on an amazing day spent exploring these ancient Mayan ruins dating as far back as A.D. 564 with some inscriptions, it’s heyday being around 1200-1521 A.D.

Tulúm 01

Temple of the Decending God and The Castle

Tulúm 02

Temple of the Decending God, The Castle and the Great Palace foreground ruins

Tulúm 03

The Great Palace

Tulúm 04

Cloudy day at the Caribbean Sea

Tulúm 05

Temple of the Frescoes

Tulúm 06

The Castle – El Castillo

Tulúm 07

House of the Cenote

Tulúm 08

Beach access area

Tulúm 09

Structure 20

Tulúm 10

Caribbean coast view with El Castillo

Check out #locogringo at http://www.locogringo.com for more info on Tulum.

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