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!