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    Izamal: Knch Kak Mo Pyramid

    by MikeySoft Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    The Spaniards did not destroy all the Mayan Pyramids around Izamal. There are 3 remaining in the area. We went to the Knch Kak Mo Pyramid. Admission is free and you can climb what remains of the pyramid and get a great view of the area.

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    Izamal: Who's the Boss?

    by MikeySoft Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    Izamal is a nice little colonial town north west of Chichen Itza with a Franciscan monastery in the heart of the town. The monastery is very pleasant to walk around. There are also small restaurants around the square near the monastery where you can get lunch.

    An interesting thing about Izamal and the monastery is that it is on top of a destroyed major Maya temple. The Spaniards destroyed the Ppaoo-Hol-Chac pyramid to show the Mayans who the boss is. Many of the stones used for the pyramids are now used for the monastery.

    Izamal is also famous for the Spaniards destroying the books and literature of the Mayan people in an attempt to destroy the Mayans culture.

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    Chichen Itza: Everyone goes there.

    by MikeySoft Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    Chichen Itza was voted one of the NEW 7 wonders of the world and everyone goes there, from Tour busses, to independent travelers. But is not all that bad. Chichen Itza is large and the main gate is also large to allow easy entry and exit.

    Some people try to beat the crowds by coming early. We were late sleepers and got there around 10:00. We found most of the crowd was gone by early afternoon. Some people only spend an hour or two but we spend the better part of a day. We were there until closing, around 6:00 pm. We found even at peak crowd time is was not too bad. You need to come back if you want to see the Sound and Light show.

    You can save parking fees by parking where all the local venders that sell souvenirs park. It is along the side of the road next to the side walk leading to the main entrance. We even parked there when we came back for the Sound and Light show.

    Speaking of the Sound and Light show, the admission is included in the day pass. You can ask to exclude the Sound and Light show price if you will not be there for it, but I believe you are stuck paying for everything. Speaking of the Sound and Light show, see my Tourist Trap tip.

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    Chichen Itza Chichen Itza's Ball Cort

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    Valladolid Market Place

    by MikeySoft Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    Valladolid's Market, Mercado Municipal, is an authentic Mexican Market and a good place to have fun.

    Everyone was very friendly and gave us fruits and things to try even when we could not speak Spanish and they knew we would probably not buy any.

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    Valladolid Main Square

    by MikeySoft Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    Valladolid's main square is a good place to relax, enjoy the shade, a park bench and People watch.

    I asked everyone in the photos permission before taking a picture. Non of them objected and they were very friendly. Sometime you also see tourist buses around the square. The tourist usually go into the big church (Cathedral de San Gervasion) and the shops. I found you can get better prices when you are driving and come to small places along the road. It is interesting to see tours from different parts of the world.

    There are several hotels around the square. I stayed in two of them and have hotel tips on them.

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    Ek Balam (Mayan Ruins)

    by MikeySoft Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    Ek Balam is our favorite Mayan Ruins. Ek Balam is Mayan for "Black Jaguar" It is also the first major ruin we visited after our 100 miles drive from Cancun.

    We left Cancun late and unfortunately we got there around closing. However, they let us in anyway and did not pay the entrance free. We only spend about an hour there but plan to visit it again during our next trip to the Yucatan.

    Many people skip Ek Balam or may not even know about Ek Balam. They only see Chichen Itza. I recommend taking the extra time and visit Ek Balam. Not only can you climb a pyramid, there is a lot to see.

    Ek Balam holds the record as one of the longest continuously inhabited communities in the area. The Mayans first settled it in 100 B.C. and remained so until the Spaniards arrived.

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    Visit an underground water cave called a Cenote

    by MikeySoft Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    There many Cenotes (underground water cave) throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. My photos are of the one west of town of Valladolid on the way to Chichen Itza. I found this interesting because of the sink hole on the top where you can look down into the Cenotes. A big tree is at the edge of the sink hole has its roots going down into the Cenotes.

    We were the only ones there. The parking lot is big and there are lots of souvenir stands around the entrance so I expect they may get tour groups, but we did not see any.

    I highly recommend taking the small detour to see one a Cenote.

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    Chichen Itza or Uxmal

    by cochinjew Written Jan 13, 2009

    I have been to Chichen and Uxmal more than once.. i appreciated Uxmal more AFTER i had seen Chichen. chichen itza is one of the wonders of the world indeed.. a wide variety of arqueological architecture, compact size to wander it, proximity to merida or Progreso and better transport facilities (it may not matter to you).. uxmal's architecture is more ornamental and fine.. if i have to choose between the two there is no doubt in my mind it would be Chichen Itza..

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    Tullum ---Mayan site

    by crazyman2 Written Sep 17, 2007

    Visit this impressive site at one end of the day or another ---it does get really hot! When I was there some of the ruins were out-of-bounds due to people tagging them!
    Do get a guided tour unless you know your Mayan culture! Also, I hate to sound obvious, take plenty of bottled water.
    Wander down to the water's edge to really let your imagination wander....

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    Behold Chichen Itza!

    by HispanicYob Written Dec 24, 2006

    Located in the Mexican state of Yucatan, Chichen Itza is a former Mayan colony. Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza is one of the many pleasant images one thinks up about Mexico. You're bus or whatever vehicle you take to get there will have you in front of the hotel that is the gateway to Chichen Itza's ruins. One of the many wonders that greet you when you venture in is the great Temple of Kukulcan, inside of which is another temple built entirely in. Then there is the Temple of Warriors as well. There is also the sacrificial pool where Mayans would throw women and children in with no hope of getting out. Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen from the sun's powerful rays and bring a hat and sunglasses for protection as well!

    The serpents heads at the Temple of Kukulcan Dumb pose in front of the Temple of Kukulcan Me at the ball court The many pillars of Chichen Itza
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    Dzibilchaltun

    by Splint Updated Dec 23, 2006

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    Follow the road from Merida to Progresso and there is a turn off to the right to get to Dzibilchaltun. Follow the signposts to the village, the ruins are just the other side of the village, look for the signs.
    If you feel inclined to go from Dzibilchaltun to Izamal (I wouldn't, there's really not much of interest there) I would avoid taking the shortest distance route. It looks easy enough on the map along highway 80 but in reality it's a different story, every time you come to a town it becomes difficult to find the right way out, even with the help of a compass, it's not at all obvious. If you want to go to Ake, I would leave it and roll it in with a trip to or from Cancun, Ake is 11km along a side road from the Merida Cancun (180) highway.

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    Merida

    by Splint Written Dec 23, 2006

    Merida is a city of 690,000 people, it dose have a tourist area but is not a tourist city like Cancun. The main tourist area is along Calle 60 from around Calle 55 to 63 and the surrounding area. There's a few nice old buildings worth looking at along the Calle 55a area which is the start of the road which leads to Progresso. I stayed at the Nomadas Youth Hostel which was at the intersection of Calle 62 and 51, it wasn't bad. Coming into the city from the Cancun side I couldn't make sense of the street numbering system, it seemed to keep repeating itself but as I got further in it became a more logical incrimental numbering system, never did work out how the outskirts street numbering system worked.

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    Chichen Itza

    by Splint Written Dec 23, 2006

    Probably Mexicos most famous riun is Chichen Itza. Tour buses start arriving from places like Cancun and Playa Del Carmen around mid morning so if you want to try for photo opportunities be early to try and avoid masses of people in the photos as it dose get fairly busy there, the least number of people there will obviously be around opening time or closing time. Dont get the wrong impression by some of the photos you may see with thousands upon thousands of people gathering around the main temple with barely any room to move, understand this only happens at equonox which casts a shadow moving down the steps of the pyramids much like a snake, it draws a huge crowd.
    Stand in front of the stairs at the main pyramid, clap your hands and listen to the echo, quiet an unusual sound comes back. Do the same inside the ball court area and listen to the rythmic echo.

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    Hacienda Temozon Sud

    by Splint Updated Dec 23, 2006

    Hacienda Temozon Sud is just a few minutes down the road, and down a side road through a small village, from Hacienda Ochil. Temozon Sud has been fully restored and converted into a luxury hotel. It's free to come in and take a look around, the resutant serves very nice food at a reasonable price. There is a cenote on the property (near the tennis court).

    The view from the resurant.

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    Loltun Caves

    by Splint Written Dec 23, 2006

    A good way to either start or finish a tour of the Puuc Route is a trip to the Loltun Caves. The caves, located 66km south of Merida are huge an colorful with good lighting inside which helps when taking photos. Tours in Spanish are run at 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30pm daily and English tours are run at 11:00am and 2:00pm daily, visitors are only allowed in with a guided tour, you cannot arrive and go in whenever you feel like it. It is an advantage if you have a tripod for your camera, even though there is lighting inside the caves a slow shutter speed will be required to take good photos and steadying your camera on a rock to get focused photos is possible but far from ideal.

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