On the road with Ann & Ken travel blog

Overview of the ruins at Chichen Itza

In front of the pyramid known as El Castillo ( the castle...

Here's another look. Notice the 'restored' and 'unrestored' parts. Pretty impressive!

The snake head at the base of the main stairway

Part of the Temple of 1000 columns

A close up look..

The observatory

Another look - it almost looks like it could be used for...

Awaiting reconstruction.

Our guide - Abel - yet another proud Mayan....We've fallen in love...

One last look at Chichen Itza

Just a few of the dozens of buses here at the ruins...

Here's another look. The lot we are camped in is actually the...

Abel stopped by the 'campground' with his wife & 3 month old...

Headed into dinner...

The pool - we missed out on pool time due to our...

We had dinner with a show - it was quite fun, actually...

Some of the guys out dancing...

Our fearless leader, Butch, he promises more of this type of behavior...


Departure time - 0745

Returned home - 1200

Staying at - dirt lot next to Piramide hotel


It was up early today for the short drive into Chichen Itza. We were one of the first groups to enter the site and would be thankful for being parked so close ( be sure to check out the bus traffic pictures )

As with the other ruins we have visited, Chichen Itza share a similar time frame and history. These ruins however contain the largest ball field, thought to be used for ceremonial purposes, as well as a greater number of semi-restored ruins. Being located within a short driving distance from Cancun, Chichen Itza is the most heavily visited of the Ruin sites. It has also recently been added to the ‘new’ list of the 7 wonders of the world.

We were once again split up into two smaller groups for our tour and we set out with our guide, Abel. Abel is of Mayan descent and still speaks the native tongue at home. He learned Spanish in school and taught himself to speak English. He gave us a wonderful tour of the ruins and provided us with a different perspective on the Mayan beliefs and ceremonies.

After the tour and some time on our within the ruins we walked back to the coach. We had planned on having some lunch and then heading over to the neighboring hotel for some ‘pool time’. Well, we both fell asleep and 3 hours later it was time for our daily briefing.

After being lined out for tomorrow’s drive into Cancun we headed out to dinner and a show at the Piramide hotel. After touring 4 different ruin sites we have to say that we aren’t “ruined” out yet. They have all been amazing and different enough that we haven’t gotten bored with them. And, of course, we have had a series of informative and wonderful guides!



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