Journey to Muyil
Nestled in the Yucatán peninsula, close enough to Tulum but far away from the tourist crowd, Muyil is a little known but wonderfully enchanting Maya site. Called Chunyaxché by the locals, Muyil is believed to have been an important trading post and an inland seaport whose origins date back to 300 B.C.
We took a path not traveled by the typical tourist: we arrived via the ancient waterways the Maya themselves used, on a small boat led by a Mayan guide. It took a full three hours, longer perhaps this way, but we had made a day of it and were in no rush. Every turn of the canal opened up new and wondrous sights for us: crystal green waters, schools of curious fish, overhanging mangroves, and always, always the thrilling chance we'd see a crocodile. And we did, but for a fleeting moment as the rugged armor of his back broke the surface of the water.
And on our way back, our journey was blessed by a trio of dolphins performing a few leaps for us in the setting sun...
~ Birgitte Rasine
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