This picture was taken by my boyfriend at the top of Chichen Itza's big pyramid. It makes you wonder how they were able to build in such a remote jungle location thousands of years ago
This is el castillo the huge pyramid that dominates the chichen itza site. It's quite something to climb and I'm afraid I wimped out, because I'm not overly keen on heights!
If you go up el castillo this is the journey down! It's very steep and the steps are shiny from the sheer number of people going up and down them. People were shuffling down there on their bottoms!
A rather gruesome looking line of skull pictures on a wall
me by columns at chichen itza
"Going to Chichen Itza?"
Chichen Itza, located in the interior of the Yucatan, is an absolute must see. The Mayan pyramids, courts and columnal structures are very accesible and well maintained. For an entrance fee of around $10 USD, the trip to get there, which can be costly if done by taxi from the coast ($75-$200), is well worth the effort. Buses run from all over, but it will take at least a half day or more, and you're on their schedule. Of course, the bus is much cheaper. I've been there several times, and each time I discover something new. This picture of Ivette and I was taken from the top of the Temple of the Jaguar.
This was the court where the Maya played ball at Chichen Itza---somewhat like modern day basketball. Well, maybe not.
"Stone Jaguar Head"
The Maya were incredible artisans. There are carvings all over Chichen Itza like this one. This particular carving is an integrated Jaguar Head in the stone wall at one of the corners of the Ball Court.
7 of us rented a house on the beach in Aventuras Akumal. The house had all of the conveniences of any modern home: CD Stereo, TV/VCR, 2 Full baths, Air conditioning, bottled water and muy well maintained. Aventuras Akumal is located a little more than an hour from Cancun toward Tulum on the same highway that runs down the coast. I can't remember how much it was per person, but it was inexpensive and away from a lot of the touristy crap. This picture of Scott was taken from the "backyard" of our house. Very peaceful indeed...
Has anyone visited Chichen Itza in 2006? My family and I are taking a trip to the Mayan Riviera and one of the places we want to visit is chichen itza. However I read rumors that they are no longer allowing people to climb el castillo, due to a tragic accident in the beginning of 2006. Can anyone confirm or deny this????
RE: Chichen Itza
RE: Chichen Itza
That is correct. You can no longer climb Chichen Itza as of Jan. 2006. You can still climb the pyramid at Coba and the Ek Balam. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/76e56/#TL
Balam travel page. The trip to Chichen Irza is still worth it, with auditory
phenomena and take a look at this Greek warrior? there. Still unexplaned.