Itza ........I will always
remember my trip to Chichen Itza because of the kindness of
strangers. I'm guessing the owner of my bed and breakfast was impressed
with my murals. Because when I mentioned I wanted to go to Chichen
Itza, she said she would take me. Now, she couldn't possibly do that
for every guest she had!
tour was experienced with two gracious Mexican women. I didn't get
the information that a tour guide could have given me. I'm sure that
would have been amazing, but nobody in any other tour group felt as
special as I did.
Temple of Kukulkan, El Castillo, dominates every angle at Chichen
learned very quickly: Chichen Itza was so very crowded. If I ever
return there, it will not be on a Sunday. Apparently, Mexicans entered
for free on Sunday. I didn't let that phase me. I was in the
process of scratching an item off my bucket list. Nothing was going
to bother me.
route followed by the hordes of tourists, circled the main pyramid.
The entire route was lined with people hawking souvenirs. The vendors
knew exactly why they were there. Chichen Itza had an estimated 1.2
million visitors every year.
Itza was one of the largest of the Mayan cities and a center of
their empire from AD 750 - 1200. At the height of its power, Chichen
Itza dominated the political, sociocultural and economic life from
central Yucatan to the north coast. Although the civilization declined
by 1250 CE, there was still a large population in the area when
the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1526.
Maya would often build new temples on top of older ones. This was
the case with the Temple of Kukulkan. Excavation in the 1930's discovered
a buried temple with a throne the shape of a jaguar, painted red,
with spots made from inlaid jade.
this temple has 365 steps to the top, it's a fairly good guess to
say the Mayans were seriously interested in astronomy. They could
even predict solar eclipses.
site in Chichen
Itza with treasures for archeologists was Cenote
Sagrado, the site of human sacrifices to the Mayan rain god Chaac.
In addition to assorted human remains, researchers recovered artifacts
of gold, jade and pottery.
toll road from Cancun
Itza, was kind of expensive but very beautiful. It was
lush landscape the entire way with no towns. I didn't know there was
another route until the drive home. We went through little town after
little town and each of them had so many speed bumps. What that road
didn't have was street lights. It was a little dangerous and very
return trip was about twice as long as the morning drive.
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