Climbing is no longer allowed at Chichen Itza
As of January 2006 climbing is no longer allowed at Chichen Itza. The Castle, the warriors temple and the high priest temples are all closed. Apparently an older woman fell off the castle and all the steps have been closed since. The site is still amazing to see, but don't go expecting to climb anything. None of the Cancun, Cozumel, Playa de Carmen web sites have been updated to reflect this.
Welcome to the magical Maya's land...
Welcome everybody to Yucatan, Mexico. I've spent two magical weeks and had a great time there! Wonderful colours and great friendly people...a full immersion in the culture and in the amusement...
As you know a bad hurricane hit this area late last fall...and there was a lot of damage. From what I can tell by looking at the Cancun/hotels/resort sites online everything is fine...but I have heard that this is not always the case. So if you're thinking about going to this area...especially Cozamel or Cancun I definitely suggest talking with a travel agent first and not booking your trip or hotel online directly with the resort.
Xcaret cenote (natural sinkholes)
upon arriving at Xcaret, many head straight for the underground rivers, for which Xcaret is especially well-known. Comprised of limestone, the entire Yucatan Peninsula is webbed with a subterranean system of freshwater arteries. Xcaret provides the opportunity to float down two different sections, in order to see and experience this natural phenomenon for yourself. Each is 1650 ft. long, has intermittent exits, and flows an average of 17ft below ground level.
MEXICAN DINNERS AND...
MEXICAN DINNERS AND...
I had several enjoyable dinners in local restaurants with mexican music players and full of colored flags!!
...but if a group of musiciens was playing - be prepared that they will soon come to your table, playing a serenade -just for you- but expecting some money in return of their mariachis performance!!
Anyway, the food was most of the time great as I love spicy food!
I also had to go to a local Hard Rock Café (this was the custom * at that time * - sort of tradition - going to as many HRC restaurants as possible - World wide!- silly!!)
The HRC in Cancun had a special kind of mexican menu which was new discovery for me.
I fell in love with their *stuffed jalapenos* really STRONGLY HOT and the sizzling hot spicy beef/ chicken/ vegetables/ or mixed platter FAJITAS served on an iron-board!!
Remember: NEVER take the first tortillas and once you've picked-up your stuffed & rolled tortilla NEVER put it back onto your plate :-)!!