Santa Elena and Ruta Puuc to X’canchakan by Bike and Bus

map Santa Elena


My wife Jane and I began this three day excursion busing with our folding bicycles to the seldom visited out of the tourist loop town of Santa Elena formerly known as Nohcacab.

A fascinating chain of events took place in the early 1840s when the famous world traveling explorer and author John L. Stephens and his graphic artist associate Mr. Catherwood struck off into unexplored regions of tropical Yucatan landing at Santa Elena.

Following closely in the footsteps of Stephens and Catherwood, Jane and I set out to bicycle and photograph a portion of that historic 1840s adventure.

The following story is told with captioned photos plus excerpts from John L. Stephens classic book of exploration; Incidents of Travel in Yucatan.

We begin this chronicle in Santa Elena where we disembark our bus from Mérida looking at a side of Yucatan seldom seen by visitors.

To read the story in a pdf file click  here

Or to view on another weblog, click here.


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