Off The Beaten Path – Ticul

24 May

While waiting for the construction of our house to begin, the Tortas took off on a Yucatan road trip from our home in Bacalar Mexico, across the top of the state of Yucatan, taking in two cities, an amazing pyramid, two coastal towns and an island. With no real plans other than looking for local art and repurposed items for our house, we chose approximately a three week timeframe and hit the road. After leaving Celestún, into our second week, we drifted southwest toward the ancient site of Uxmal and decided to make Ticul our base camp.

Posada El Jardin

Posada El Jardin

Instead of relying on our guide book, we did a bit of Trip Advisor searching and found a wonderful little place, Posada El Jardin. I was especially attracted to the review that said that the hotel’s owner was willing to act as a tour guide. That’s how we met Roman.

Off on a bicycle tour of Ticul.

Off on a bicycle tour of Ticul.

Ticul is known for pottery made from local red clay. Need we say more? There is both original and excellent replicas of ancient Mayan gods and goddesses. Roman, a Ticul native also made sure we got good prices. He was a treasure.

Andres, shop owner extraordinaire.

Andres, shop owner extraordinaire.

There are times when speaking Spanish comes in very handy. We visited with Andres, a former school teacher and now shop owner, for the better part of an hour, discussing Ticul, its history, politics and problems. I learned that 911 had a huge impact on this little town. As security heightened worldwide, people were less able to bring home items purchased on their vacations. A city that used to see dozens of tour buses daily, rarely sees any today.

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I wanted them all!

I want them all!

A huge kiln used to fire the pots.

A huge kiln used to fire the pots.

Next stop was the home of Roger Juarez, nationally recognized potter and Ticul native. I would love to return and learn to throw pots with Roger.

A nationally recognized artist in the 1990's.

A recognized artist in the 1990’s.

Roger is a national treasure. I wished that I had asked him if this piece was for sale.

To keep water cool.

To keep water cool.

Touring Roger’s property that had been in the family for generations was a treat in and of itself.

Roger's backyard kiln.

Roger’s backyard kiln.

Ancient trees in the yard. Amazing.

Ancient trees in the yard. Amazing.

The deepest well I've ever seen.

The deepest well I’ve ever seen.

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Next week we will continue our visit to the Cenotes of Ticul. Just when you think it can’t get much better, it does! DOS TORTAS

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6 Responses to “Off The Beaten Path – Ticul”

  1. Jo mann May 24, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    Awesome photosl! Never been to Ticul, maybe next year! Buen viaje mis amigas!

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    • afish25 May 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      Thanks Jo – you never know what’s around the next corner. Mexico never ceases to amaze.

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  2. LJones May 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks for yet another great town to explore. I am on retreat…time to think of Mexico. I am eager to travel to these places you both have written about. Ticul sounds GREAT! Lovely photos and love how you feature the people. Thanks so much.

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    • afish25 May 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

      We’ll definitely go back. You can never have too many pots.

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  3. emilievardaman May 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Oh, dear. Another place on my bucket list! Looks great. I love Mayan-style pottery.

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