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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.
Updated Feb 2, 2005
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."
Updated Feb 2, 2005
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.
Updated Jan 19, 2004
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...
Written Nov 19, 2004
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)
Written Jan 18, 2004
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 :-)
Written Jan 18, 2004
In August, as you can imagine, Chichen Itza was an extremely hot place to be! So if you are visiting, especially at this time of year it would adviseable to bring plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent and we had massive golfing umbrellas to cover us from the sun - this was invaluable as there is no shade, and we took plenty of water with us.
Updated May 15, 2006
If at all you do get the chance to climb the pyramid, be extra careful, especially climbing down - it is very dangerous. On one side there is a rope going down the middle that can help people. Don't be too proud to come down slowly on all fours!
Written Mar 27, 2006
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.
Written Jan 22, 2004
I guess it goes without saying that the interior of Mexico gets a little hot in the middle of August. When the sun's beating down on you. And you're out in an open field. Yep, that describes my day at Chichen Itza. A great day, but a HOT day.
If you're doing a tour, your guide should give you a bottle of water when you leave the bus. Bottled water is also for sale throughout the ruins. Make sure you dress light - light shirt, pants. And if you're susceptible to sunburn like me, make sure you wear a hat - there's some shade at Chichen Itza, but much of it is in the wide-open sun.
Take care of yourself out there.
Written Aug 23, 2007