Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mexico Pictures--Chichen Itza and nearby areas

We signed up for a day trip to Chichen Itza, a pre-Hispanic city in the middle of the Yucatan peninsula. It is one of the new seven wonders of the world (as established in 2007) and is super neat. On our way to Chichen Itza, we traveled through a colonial town (Valladolid) that I totally want to check out more, and stopped at a Mayan "village" for food, shopping, and cenote time!

The cenote! This is one of the big attractions in that village. There is a cenote in Chichen Itza too, but I don't believe you're permitted to swim there. That one is just for sacrificing. 
Well, jumping in was the natural thing to do. :)
See where that one dude is standing on the second highest level? That is where I jumped in from. (Blue Streak trained me well for this.)
Cenotes are limestone sinkholes--this one was 50 meters deep, so it was more or less like swimming in a quarry. Whoa!
The ballfield area in Chichen Itza.
The Observatory, where all kinds of astronomical shenanigans took place.
Chris and an unidentified structure (our tour guide was letting us wander solo at that point). Doesn't it look like there is a face in the building? Eek!
In front of el Castillo.
This shot is required.
El Castillo! We were pretty tuckered out at this time, and Chris was just barely putting up with me. What a champ...
Then we got back on the bus with all the liquored up people. (liquor was served on the bus, not in Chichen Itza) We weren't allowed to climb on any of the pyramids or touch anything, as the Federal government no longer permits it here, possibly at any of the ruins. What a drag!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Victoria -

    These pictures are very, very nice and looks like you had a very good vacation - or should I say great vacation! Also like your sewing pics, you have so much drive girl - puts me to shame - talk to you later - Debra VMTH