You know that they are out there. But till you meet one, you don't care abou them. It was the same with us while exploring the ruins. We came to the Baño De Vapor 2 ruins, place where probably few visitors go to. And there it was, lying on the rocks and sunbathing. The snake disappeared immediately when we came. And my girls too :-). Exploring further the site, there was always this thought, that it may happen again.
Doing it this way looks a bit dangerous to me .
I hope the lady does not mind me showing her picture like this .
I guess she knew what she was doing ,going down the Pyramid like this .
In her case she looks young and athletic.
But for most of us going down this Pyramid would be better to do it in a fashion that will be shown in my next warning of danger tip .
Like Frank Sinatra used to sing
I did it myyyyyyyyy wayyyyyyyyyy."
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This is probably the best way to go up or down
I think this is the way to do it ,just like in this picture here ,nice and slow nice and easy
No Rush no Fuzz no Mush or whatever .
DONT FORGET YOUR CAMERA ,YOU NEED TO TAKE PICTURES FROM UP THERE.
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BEWARE OF THE VENDORS
Even though the path leading to the ruins is full of vendors displaying their wares, many vendors walk around trying to sell you souvenirs. They tell you "One Dollar Lady" and me loving a bargain gets out my $1.00 U.S. "Oh, no Lady, --1 Mayan dollar" O.K. What's a Mayan Dollar I ask. "100 pesos " or $10.00 U.S. For one thing there's no such thing as a Mayan dollar and they all seem to use the same sales pitch. And besides the same little masks that they were selling were at the mall for 50 pesos or $5.00 U.S.
P.S. If you see Papa Smurf, let me know. The last time I saw him he was in the company of 6 gorgeous U.K. ladies.
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Take care with the height
Well, it's not really a danger. But if you have problems with height you should think twice before going up. I really don't like heights but had climbed the Sunpyramid in Teotihuacan and thought this one would be easier. But it wasn't...
It's not so bad to go up, but once you're up there it's a bit worse. It's very steep and the platform on top is not so wide. If you are seriously scared of heights you should at least have someone with you so they can help you get down again. It's a fantastic view from the top, but I didn't see so much up there. I was just wondering how the %(! to get down again, and thought my skeletons would be part of the pyramid in the future. But in the end I managed to get back down again...
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There is very little shade at the ruins site and at midday it can be VERY hot. Be sure to wear sunscreen, especially if you are pasty white like me, bring some water to drink and if you're especially prone to sunburn not a bad idea to wear a hat.
Running down is even more silly....
Running up the side of El Castillo is a silly venture but running down is sheer lunacy. Here the husband found a friend to run down with.
See all those people walking down carefully? That is how you should go down, it is a long way to the bottom should you slip and tumble down.
This tip may be moot in 2004, I heard that they were going to stop letting people walk up El Castillo in 2004 due to wear and tear.
Running up El Castillo-once wasn't enough
Apparently when I reported that the crowd groaned audibly when he didn't make it all the way the first time, he somehow viewed that as a challenge to do it again, this time up a different side.
But at least he had enough sense not to bite when I said that he should do all four sides :-)
Running up El Castillo
If you are going to run up the side of the El Castillo (like in the Reebok commercial except I think that was at the ruins at Tikal), make sure you make it all the way to the top without stopping or the crowd at the bottom will groan audibly and your loving wife will report it to you so that you think you need to do it again (see next tip)
To suffer from vertigo
Don't climb El Castillo if you suffer from vertigo. If you want to do it, be sure to be able to get down! Steps are very narrow and steep. There is a rope on the stairs that can help you. There are many ways to get down, as you can see in the picture: backwards, on your backside, with a zigzag line.
Fibreglass brick storage
I suppose the stone age Mayans built these steel cover manhole covers, right?
These all hold spare fibreglass bricks that can be quickly added for patch-up jobs at night.
Letting a digital novice take our picture
We asked a guy to take our photo with a couple we were with and the photo below is the result. Should have checked it before we left.....