Monday morning we all made our way down to the lobby of the hotel at 7:30 AM to start a day that none of us will ever forget. The bus pulled up and we jumped in on our way to Chichen Itza.
“Chicks n’ Pizza” (my favorite mispronouncing of the name) is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Yucatán state, present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. (Now only six to go!)
The bus trip was about two and half hours each way. Luckily, we all (Angie, Chris, Kim, Troy, Scott, Shannon and I) all agreed to pay for the more expensive tour package. The bus we sat in had tables in front of us, plenty of room, breakfast on the road, and drinks along the way. It made the time go quickly as we were driven over a hundred miles west to the Mayan ruins.
Once we got there, we stepped out into what was (easily) 110 degrees of heat. Instant sweaty clothing.
Our tour guide, Norma, was amazing. She spoke perfect English and walked us around the ruins pointing out the details of interest including:
- Sound bending to sound like a bird call when you clap in front of the temple.
- The Sacred Cenote.
- Beheadings during Mayan sporting events.
You can view all of the photos I took here – and here are a few of my favorites: