CICLing-2009
Tour Information

CICLing-2009 excursion program is not yet completely defined;
here are possible destinations.

See photos of the past CICLing-2000, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 held in Mexico.

See also a virtual tour by Mexico.


Anthropological museum - Teotihuacan: ancient Indian pyramids  -  Cacahuamilpa and Taxco: great cave and colonial city  -  Angangueo: Monarch Butterfly wintering site


Here are some sites where you can find additional information on Mexico and Mexico City:

-     www.mexicocity.com.mx/museum.html

-     americanindian.net/mexico2.html

Anthropological Museum

This museum is considered the largest anthropological museum in the world. It has a lot of ancient pieces related to Aztec and Mayan cultures as well as other Central American cultures. On the picture below, the giant Sun Stone is shown representing the ancient Aztec calendar.

This museum is located almost in the center of Mexico City. See photos of the past CICLing-2000, CICLing-2001, and CICLing-2002, look for the Museum section.

Here are some sites where you can find additional information:

-     www.mexicocity.com.mx/mantro.html

-     sunsite.unam.mx/antropol

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Anthropology museum, Mexico.

Teotihuacan: ancient Indian pyramids

Teotihuacan is probably one of the most impressive things you can see on the American continent. Its 2000 year old pyramids are only slightly lower than the Egyptian ones. The Sun pyramid on the picture below is about 70 meters tall, with a grandest view to the huge architectural ensemble of the Road of the Dead and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, with a regular structure of hundreds of little pyramids.

The other picture represents the view from the Moon pyramid to the Road of the Dead and the Pyramid of the Sun:

Here, on the background of the Road of the Dead, you can even notice someone alive. Thatís me, Alexander Gelbukh, the chair of the Conf, at the top of the Pyramid of the Moon:

And here are two examples of the ancient wall-painting in the Temple of the Jaguars.

         

It takes 1 hour drive to get there. See photos of the past CICLing-2000, CICLing-2001, and CICLing-2002, look for the Pyramids section.

Here are some sites where you can find additional information:

-     archaeology.la.asu.edu/teo

-     studentweb.tulane.edu/~dhixson/teo/teo.html

-     www.mexicocity.com.mx/teoti_i.html, http://www.mexicocity.com.mx/teoti.html (Spanish)

-     www.arts-history.mx/teotihuacan/teoti.html (Spanish)

-     www.differentworld.com/mexico/places/mexico_city/teotihuacan.htm

-     web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/orion/eng/hst/maya/teotihuacan.html

-     www.teotihuacan.com

-     www.dallas.net/~lalo/teotihua.html

-     www.anthroarcheart.org/teoti.htm

-     www.rose-hulman.edu/~delacova/teot.htm

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Cacahuamilpa and Taxco: great cave and colonial city

The cave is really huge as can be seen on the photo below representing the entrance to the cave. One of the halls is 85 meters tall! There is another entrance to the cave, even larger than the one shown at the photo, from where an underground river flushes to the valley.

And here you can see great stalactites. By the way, this is my wife and my son, at the excursion of CICLing-2000:

Taxco is a very picturesque colonial town situated on the mountain side. It is famous for its silver production; you can buy silver in hundreds stores in all its streets. It is also famous for its excellent Cathedral.

It takes 2 hours drive to get there. See photos of the past CICLing-2000, CICLing-2001, and CICLing-2002, look for Taxco and the Cave sections.

Here are some sites where you can find additional information:

Cave:

-     www.acavio.com/cacahuamilpagrottos.htm

-     www.taxco.com.mx/grutas/egrutas.html

-     www.surf-mexico.com/states/Guerrero/Grutas.htm

-     www.arts-history.mx/2001/semanario/096-20020726.html (Spanish)

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for Cacahuamilpa.

Taxco:

-     www.taxco.com.mx/english

-     www.unlimited-ink.com//mexico/Text/Taxco.html

-     www.tourbymexico.com/guerrero/taxco/taxco.htm

-     www.guerrero.gob.mx/dominios/turismo/taxco/historia.htm (Spanish)

-     www.otherroads.com/taxco.htm

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Angangueo: Monarch Butterfly wintering site

It is probably one of the most exciting natural phenomena in the world. Millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico for Winter. What you see on the photo below are not leaves, these are butterflies on a dead pine tree! There are giant trees full with butterflies, in fact, the whole forest of them. Air is full with butterflies, too -- like with leaves during the autumn fall of the leaf in a strong wind. You even can hear a noise of millions of light wings!

It takes 4 hours drive to get there, and the trip is rather difficult, but it is worth all these difficulties! See photos of the past CICLing-2000, 2001, 2002, etc., look for Butterflies section. For information on Monarch butterfly see also here; there are dozens of Internet sites devoted to Monarch butterfly, just search for Monarch butterfly.

Here are some sites where you can find additional information:

-     www.cancunsteve.com/monarch.htm

-     www.insecta-inspecta.com/butterflies/monarch/

-     www.surf-mexico.com/states/Michoacan/monarchs/visiting_monarchs.html

-     www.ccu.umich.mx/mich/monarca/mon-inicio.html (Spanish)

-     www.zihua-ixtapa.com/~anotherday/2001_2002/jan/travel.htm

-     www.mexconnect.com/mex_/travel/tonysarticles/monarchbutter.html

-     whyfiles.org/006migration/conservation.html

-     www.semarnap.gob.mx/naturaleza/regiones/monarca/santuarios.htm (Spanish)

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