This area has been hit heavy with the hurricanes of late and much of the central part was under four feet of water. The people are still recovering but they are going about their business and taking life as it comes. The ones we have seen seem to be ok.
This is the main area of the Olmec civilization that left the many carved heads at La Venta. We had a chance to visit the display of these carvings which were not very well preserved but very impressive all the same.
This campground was a big set of contrasts. Our leader was telling us how we would move down this very bumpy narrow road and come out on a big field whose center area would probably be very soggy and that we would have to maneuver around it. Well, I guess he was correct about that except he didn't tell us it was all grass and had real power to plug into.
He also didn't tell us what we would find at the office and pool area. This was the best we had seen in a long time. Check out the pictures. And good power to boot!
The Olmec were a pre-columbian civilization that occupied the area around what are now the states of Veracruz and Tobasco during the period of 1200-400 BC. That is in south central Mexico. They are probably the precursors of the later mezoamerican civilizations. They are famous for their large heads carved in stone, some as high a 9 feet.
This museum has been set up to display many of the carvings from the Olmec city of La Venta. The carvings are not well preserved and being flooded by the hurricanes didn't help. Many of the signs that explain the individual carvings show the damage from the flooding.