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El Castillo

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  • Day255

    Chichén Itzá

    June 21 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    Die bekannteste archäologische Maya Stätte Mexikos besuchen wir früh am morgen, um die Mittagshitze zu vermeiden. Um alles zu erkunden benötigen wir fast vier Stunden. Die Bauwerke sind zum Teil restauriert, dürfen aber nicht von uns erklommen werden. Von einem Souvenirverkäufer erfahren wir, dass Regina laut Maya Kalender eine Schildkröte ist, die für Freiheit und Langlebigkeit steht. Jens sein Geburtsdatum steht im Zeichen der Farbe weiß. Diese steht für das Leben. Das Highlight der Anlage ist die 25 Meter hohe Pydamide El Castillo. Außerdem gibt es hier den größten historische Ballspielplatz an dem die Maya ihre Ritualspiele abhielten. Die besten Spieler wurden dann zu Ehren des Regengottes geköpft, was eine Reiche Ernte bringen sollte. Zur Hochzeit um 800 bis 1200 nCh lebten hier auf einer Fläche von 30 Km² 90 Tausend Einwohner. Heute ist hier eine richtige Tourismusindustrie. Eine Million Menschen kommen hier jährlich her und hunderte Souvenirverkäufer schmücken mit ihren bunten Masken, Mayakalendern, Kleidung etc. die Wegesränder.Read more

  • Day318

    Checkin' Out Chichén Itzá

    June 12, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ 🌬 33 °C

    Chichén Itzá is a Mayan ruin located about three hours by bus from Cancun in the Yucatán region. We arrived at the main bus terminal in Cancun and waited for our bus to Chichén Itzá. The scheduled time passed and still there was no sign of a departure. After about half an hour of waiting around, the bus finally arrived, loaded up with passengers and we were off.

    Chichén Itzá became one of the largest cities in the region during the late classic period, 600-900 CE. The site is dominated by a large pyramid in the centre of the main plaza and a large ball court and a number of platforms surrounding the plaza. There are also two main sinkholes or cenotes, where there has been evidence found of human sacrifice. The most famous sinkhole, Cenote Sagrado, was dredged in the early twentieth century and numerous Mayan artefacts and human remains were found. The complex is filled with hundreds of local vendors trying to sell their wares. The sales pitch was almost the same throughout the site – they say that their goods cost US$1, or 20 pesos if they can see that the tourist is non-gringo. When the vendor goes to seal the deal, they say $1 off the price, not $1. Some people find the vendors off-putting, and while they were annoying, we seemed to manage to ignore them and not let it affect our time. Jason did fall prey to their traps and bought a blanket with a picture of a Mayan warrior woven into it.

    At one point, the sky rained on our parade and we had to seek shelter under our umbrellas. Soon, we were bombarded by a group of Spanish tourists from Barcelona and Valencia, wanting to share our shelter. Despite their thick Spanish accent, we had a brief conversation before the sky cleared and everyone continued with their tour of the site.

    By the end of the day, the number of (narcissistic) selfies being taken was almost unbearable. The monument, which should be the main focus, seemed to be relegated to just a background and the face of some wannabe instagramer or blogger took centre stage. We sat and watched as one couple tried to set up a photo as they jumped and bounced across the site. At one point, the woman fell flat on her arse in the dirt. But that didn't deter her.

    After about three and a half hours of wandering the ancient ruins, we had covered the entire area that has been excavated and we were ready to embark upon the long journey home. For some reason, the return trip took almost an extra hour to reach home. It made for a very long day but well worth the expedition.

    Next stop: Back to Cancun
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  • Day12

    Chichen Itza - Temple of Kukulkan

    June 20 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, is a Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the center of the Chichen Itza. The temple has four staircases, of 91 steps each, which in total sum 364.

  • Day50

    6.3 Chichen Itza

    October 12, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Here is Chichen Iza. It’s nice, but over rated.

    I also had drone videos and pictures, which were awesome, but the import sh*** with this apple cr*** and the adapter f*** deleted them. Damn!

  • Day8

    Chichen Itza

    March 5 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Chichén Itzá ist eine der bedeutendsten Ruinenstätten auf der mexikanischen Halbinsel Yucatán. Sie liegt etwa 120 Kilometer östlich von Mérida im Bundesstaat Yucatán. Ihre Ruinen stammen aus der späten Maya-Zeit. Mit einer Fläche von 1547 Hektar ist Chichén Itzá einer der ausgedehntesten Fundorte in Yucatán. Das Zentrum wird von zahlreichen monumentalen Repräsentationsbauten mit religiös-politischem Hintergrund eingenommen, aus denen eine große, weitestgehend erhaltene Stufenpyramide herausragt. (Wikipedia)
    Außerdem ist es eines der 7 Weltwunder der Neuzeit und somit auch abgehakt. Aufgrund meiner Erfahrung in Tulum habe ich die Sunrise Tour gebucht. Damit ich zur Mittagszeit wieder raus bin. Und es war die richtige Entscheidung.
    Wir haben eine Stunde eine deutschsprachige Führung bekommen und durften dann noch eine Stunde zur freien Verfügung dort verbringen. Es ist schon erstaunlich was die Maya vor 2000 Jahren mit einfachsten Mitteln da aufgebaut haben.
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  • Day4

    La piramide di Kukulkan

    August 5, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    La piramide di Kukulkan, nota anche come El Castillo, è un monumento piramidale mesoamericano che domina il centro di Chichén Itzá. E' impressionante sapere come i Maya l'abbiano costruito basandosi sul calendario di 365 giorni, suddividendoli nelle 4 stagioni, rappresentate dalle 4 scalinate. La scala nord, il giorno dell'equinozio, ad una determinata ora permette di vedere il corpo del dio serpente Kukulcan materializzarsi e andare simbolicamente a riposare nel vicino cenote.
    Lì vicino abbiamo avvistato anche le famose formiche tagliafoglie!
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  • Day5

    Tuesday, April 16th, Chichen Itza

    April 16 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Today, we took an excursion to see some of the sites within the Yucatan peninsula. First up was Chichen Itza. I alsways throught of Chichen Itza as just the Mayan pyramid. However, it was an entire city complex. We took a tour that left early in the morning (around 7 AM). It was about a two ride from Playa. The tour guide gave us a lot of information about the site, and the Mayan culture, although he was a bit hard to understand as he kept weaving back and forth between Spanish and English. Turns out the Mayans were very obsessed with time. With the Mayan calendar, they believed they could predict what would happen in someone's life based upon the day they were born. Many of the buildings were oriented based upon celestial evaents (solstice, equinox, and such). The main pyramid at Chichen Itza is unique not because of its size (it is actually small for a Mayan temple) but because it has a complete facade on all four sides. There are 91 steps to the top on each side (91x4 plus the temple at the top = 365).

    There was also a large stadium/field complex just next to the temple.. This was for a game that they would play, the object of whicih was to place a ball through a hoop (similar I guess to basketball). The overall complex was incredibly impressive. It is hard to conceive the effort it must have taken to build these structures at the time.

    It turns out that the Mayans were not centrally organized (like the Egyptians or Romans) but had many independent factions (like the Greeks). There were over twentry different Mayan languages, so different factions could potentially not speak to each other.
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