December 2017, Mexico, Chichén Itzá.
I can honestly say that I hate touristy places and try to avoid them as much as I can. I don’t care if I never see something that (supposedly) everyone “must see”, like the Louvre, Roman Colosseum and so on. Unfortunately for me, my husband softens me up occasionally and drags me into the next popular place because “Oxana, we can’t miss this opportunity! You’ll see, you’ll like it!” And I comply reluctantly, dragging along and whispering curses. 😂
But this time I didn’t regret about our decision to visit Chichen Itza. 😊 Though the place is really crowded with people you definitely should see it at least once. 😉
On the site‘s huge territory one can find not only the famous Mayan pyramids, such as the 24-meter high Kukulkan Pyramid, but also:
* Great ballcourt. There are actually 7 courts for playing the game of ball at Chichen Itza but this one is the largest.
* Astronomical observatory (El Caracol).
* Cenote of Sacrifice (natural well) where Maya offered objects and human sacrifices as a form of worship to the rain god.
* The Market which is known as The Plaza of a Thousand Columns.
* Temple of the Warriors.
* Temple of the Jaguars.
And many other dilapidated structures and statues of deities. 🗿
Fun fact: less then 10 years ago the land where Chichen Itza stands was privately owned. 😳 But in 2010 the Yucatan state goverment announced a $17.8 million deal with the landowner to purchase the site’s territory. 🤑
One can reach this Mayan city by car or using the public transportation. We chose the second option and went there by bus. The bus departs from Cancún’s ADO station every morning at 8:45AM. Be prepared for the long ride, you’re unlikely to arrive at the destination sooner than 12:30—1:00PM. 🙂 You can ride back on the same bus at 4:30PM. 😉
Initially I was thinking that we would not have enough time but I was wrong. If one hurries a little, one is able to explore all architectural monuments and even have some rest before the departure. 😊
Chichen Itza is the first world wonder in our list. ✅
We may not feel it now but often things fall apart so better things can fall together. Only when we look back we realize and see the experience it gave us and how far we've come ☀️
Cloudy and rainy days made us change our plans but also allowed us to explore other parts of the island that we never had planned. (Also made us eat a whole lot more 🤤😝)