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  • Day591


    December 18, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 81 °F

    We’d rented a car so we could overnight near Chichen-Itza and arrive at opening time as the crowds coming in from Cancun and cruise ships are overwhelming by mid-morning.
    On our way to Piste we visited Yokdzonot Cenote - basically a beautiful sinkhole in the jungle where people go to swim. We really enjoyed this experience – the water was pleasant, there were cute tiny fish, not too many mosquitos and even fewer visitors.
    The Mayan ruins of Chichen-Itza, dating from the 600’s, are exactly what you might imagine and are truly iconic in scale and detail. The pyramids are similar to Tikal in Guatemala, but the two sites are very distinct and impressive. What struck us most about Chichen-Itza were the very well preserved carvings visible on many of the structures. It was also easy to imagine what it had looked like when it was a functioning city. We were so happy we had arrived before opening time. When we first pulled up to the site we were complaining to each other that there were 20 or so cars in front of us waiting to get into the parking lot. By the time we left, the large parking lot was completely full, the tour bus parking area was completely full and visitors had to park a 20 minute walk away to get to the gates in the increasing heat and humidity.
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  • Day8

    Alot of highs and a low

    January 10, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Big day today. I hired a car the night before so I was ready to set off early in the morning. First stop was the 7 eleven atm then off I went.

    The plan was to go to various cenotes as I am abit obsessed with them and I wanted to see as many as possible.

    First one was the Grand Cenote just out of Tulum. Not so grand after all. Photo 1.
    Next was the Car Wash Photo 2 - yes thats the name. That one was like a minature lake and you could walk around it through the bush which was nice.

    Next I was headed for a cenote near the town of Coba. Well I missed the turnoff by a long shot and decided to keep on driving to Chichen Itza a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Mexico's major tourist destinations. Its even been named one of the new seven wonders of the world although there has been abit of controversy around the process of selection.

    Long drive but it was fate as I had thought about going the night before.

    So of coursework I got there at the worst possible time and had to queue for about 40 minutes. But the ruins were impressive. The experience is spoilt by the street vendors who are all over the site and constantly blowing into these wooden whistles which make very realistic tiger and jaguar sounds. And you get the usual hawking and offers of goods 'so cheap its practically free'.

    On the way back I ended up driving through a lovely colonial town called Valladolid (I was driving without a map and relying on signs!). Anyway it had lots of lovely buildings and pastel colours.

    Some of the highway stalls make for great photos as you can see.

    On returning the hire car - disaster! My credit card is gone and its the one that doesn't charge for currency conversion. Retracing my steps I might have left it in the atm or dropped it in the 7 eleven.

    When I ask at the 7 eleven they pull out about 15 credit cards! Sadly mine is not there so email to my mother to get the card cancelled was next on the agenda.

    A bad end to a great day but I can't let it ruin (ha ha) things.
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  • Day34

    Chichen Itza

    August 9, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Beim nächsten Halt galt es die wohl bekannteste und besterhaltene Ruinenstadt zu besuchen - Chichen Itza!
    Das im Geschichtsunterricht Gelernte und vorab im Reiseführer Gelesene schmälerte in keiner Weise den überwältigenden Wow-Effekt, wenn man den Anblick der perfekten Pyarmide in deren Zentrum auf sich wirken ließ! Mit ein bisschen Vorstellungskraft war es garnicht so schwer, Szenen blutiger Menschenopfer vorm inneren Auge abzuspielen...
    Nach knapp vier stunden zwischen Steinhaufen bei sengender Hitze (aber vor den Menschenmassen 😉) waren wir für den restlichen Tag geplättet und besichtigten erst am nächsten Tag vor der Weiterfahrt nach Merida die bereits genannte Cenote Ik Kil.
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