Palace in the Sky

The top of Lion's Rock Temple

The muddy red clay trails leading into the park are quiet. It looks like the mid-day rain has kept people away. There are only a few obstacles to contend with here in Sigiriya this muddy afternoon. These include the slippery metal stairs, muddy trails and the small pest problem.  Snake holes are everywhere, but signs do not warn park visitors about the local venomous cobra population. The hornets are the real issue.  Visitors must stay extremely quiet while walking the trails.  Loud noises and disruptive visitors, for that matter, agitate hornets.

Top of Lion's Rock - Sigiriya
The stairs to the top of Lion's Rock
Mural
Words of warning at the Lion's Rock Base Trail

Heavenly Site in Morelia

Templo de San Diego o Santuario de Guadalupe - MoreliaPastel flower chandeliers, gold, pink, red, and orange dominate the massive interior of Morelia’s most vibrant church.  Several European styles are at play here, but the color scheme is genuinely Mexican. Visitors arrive and pray for good health, fortune, and protection from evil in high hopes that the Virgin of Guadalupe is listening.  It’s a beautiful place to relax and admire its grand interior.  A need of a miracle is certainly not required.
Templo de San Diego o Santuario de Guadalupe - Morelia

Templo de San Diego o Santuario de Guadalupe - Morelia

Templo de San Diego o Santuario de Guadalupe - Morelia

House of the Wind

Tzintzuntzan is the former ancient capital city of the once powerful P’urhépecha people. Five semi-circular pyramids or yácatas sit above the quiet town center. The hill offers visitors panoramic views of Lago de Patzcuaro and park signs surrounding the site tell of a history of the area before the Spanish arrived. Many visitors experience a sense of spirituality after walking around the sleepy archeological valley above the lake.

The Pyramids of Tzintzuntzan

The Pyramids of Tzintzuntzan

The Pyramids of Tzintzuntzan