We decided to skip one day of laziness alternating lying by the pool and at the beach to take an excursion. We could hardly travel that far and not go see the Maya ruins at Chichen Itza.
Oddly enough I asked two couples about their tour and all anyone would say was "it was hot". Seriously? Growing up seeing the pictures in various history classes it always looked so amazing. I couldn't believe all anyone could say was "it was hot". Ok, actually one lady did say "my husband liked it" but all he would do in response was nod his head.
Well, we thought it was pretty darn amazing. We got to walk on the actual road that led into the walled city. Seriously, we were walking on the path that those Mayan's walked on all those years ago.
Here's the entry arch. Mayan's didn't figure out how to do the rounded Roman arches with a keystone, so theirs are angled.
There was a replica of a Mayan hut that we could enter. Just one room for sleeping and storing possessions. Otherwise, they mostly did everything outside.
And here's the temple. I was so excited to manage a photo without lots of people in it. There were always just dozens of people taking pictures everywhere and avoiding a head or entire person was darn difficult.
Down the path, past all the irritating vendors - seriously, who got the brainy idea to allow vendors to sell cheap, silly souvenirs on the grounds? - and up onto the actual ruins into the marketplace. The guide said it was for bringing prisoners of war, I believe that is the politically correct translation for selling slaves.
We stood against those columns and reached the third big stone. For short people, they sure built tall buildings.
And yes, it was hot. It's summertime in the jungle. Hot is to be expected. However, after lunch we got to go swim in a cenote.
The limestone ground is so porous that there isn't any surface water. It all soaks quickly though the surface and forms underground rivers and lakes. Between the ficus tree roots and erosion the roof sometimes wears away and you get a beautiful sink hole. Imagine lowering a bucket down into this to get water.
We used it for swimming. My husband went for the jump off the high ledge. I jumped much closer to the water.
The best way to cool off after the long walk.
- - marcella