General News · 26th December 2009
Richard & Carol
Today on Christmas day, we biked the 5 miles to the furthermost southern tip of the Island. This is also the most easternmost tip of Mexico and place of the first ray of sun in the morning.
About halfway there we stopped at a pretty waterfront restaurant-hotel. We were the only guests at that time. I had lemonade and a fabulous chocolate mousse and Richard had Coca-Cola and Lime Soup. We enjoyed the hotel cat. A cute calico with very good manners. The iguanas were around in the grass also.
We then checked out a beach resort that had good snorkeling. The reefs are close on this side of the island. Too windy today but we might go another time. Only 50 pesos. One can rent flippers. We do have our own masks and snorkels.
We then stopped at Garrafon a fancy resort that offers all kind of adventures. Swim with dolphins, sharks or turtles, snorkeling and other activities -all for only $85 US a day or there abouts. Whew!
We then followed the sign to the Temple site. Only 30 pesetas to wander around, this part of Garrafon, as they deal with the temple site separately. The first thing we saw was the biggest iguana yet. Richard got good photos (see the Gallery in this Special Section). It ran away when I got around to trying.
The site is quite large and occupies the whole point, about 2 acres. We followed the path and saw a sacred circle, maybe left over from previous rituals, solstice or full moon. A simple rock outline with offerings in the centre. The site is windswept by a prevailing easterly and the pretty vegetation hugs the ground. The land was blooming and attracted lots of butterflies. The landscape of cliffs, sea and rocks plus the ever surging and pounding waves reminded me of Cornwall, Lands End in particular. There were paved paths down to the sea and around the cliffs. Very strange rock formations and caves caused by ages of water and wind.
The temple is only minimally restored, and must be very old. What a primal site. All the temples we have seen so far have been part of an extensive city and religious sites in the jungles.
I envisioned a community of female priests and the usual simple living structures. A place of teaching and healing. It was very powerful. The bleak landscape the constant wind and sea all around a perfect place to honor Ixchel (ee-shell), “lady rainbow”, God’s mother, wife of Itzamaná the creator, madam of the sea, Goddess of the moon, patroness of weaving, guardian of childbirth and the art of medicine.