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Apr 5, 2017 - Merida to Chichen Itza

Due to the forecast high temperature we breakfasted early and set off in the vehicles to get out of the busy main part of the city. The morning was already warm but also overcast. From Merida we will cycle to the delightful town of Izamal, also known as La Ciudad Amarilla (The Yellow City) due to the colour of its buildings which were painted thus in honour of a visit from Pope John Paul II. Edgar told us that the road was straight on and we could ride ahead until the first planned stop at 13 km. The road was indeed straight. So much so...

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Apr 8, 2016 - Chichen Itza - WHS Mayan Ruins

Chichen Itza - A World Heritage Site I first read about Chichen Itza in Richard Halliburton's Book of Marvels. Fifth grade. Chichen Itza is the most thoroughly explored and restored of the Mayan sites. It was an urban center and a major ceremonial site from the 11th through the 13th centuries. The major structures - El Castillo, The Temple of the Warriors with its 1000 columns, the "Nunnery", ball court, and the "Observatory" are among the most distinctive surviving Mayan structures. We're staying at Mayaland, an upscale resort built in the...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Beware of Pemex Station just outside of Chichen Itza & Playa del Carmen, YP, Mexico

ENGLISH VERSION OF LETTER Lawrence-Cobalt Janssen 1000 Sutter Street, Suite 222 San Francisco, California 94109 Phone: 415 / 572-8511 Email: lawjanssen@gmail.com Pemex Corporate Headquarters Petróleos Mexicanos Marina Nacional 329, Petróleos Mexicanos, 11311 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México 06500 Tetepona: +52 55 1944 2500 ‎ • Web Site: www.pemex.com atencion.ciudadana@pemex.com Pemex- Petróleos Mexicanos Atención: Relaciones con el Cliente PEMEX Gasolinera-Piste Pemex- Petróleos Mexicanos Carretera libre 180 cerca de la...

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Dec 17, 2012 - Introduction to the Mayan world

Wow! What an introduction to the Mayan world. Chichen Itza was the first stop on my Mayan Discovery tour and as well as the famous calendar pyramid , it holds ruins from the pre classic, classic and post classic Mayan eras. Unfortunately the day was cloudy and the photos not that great but the guide was well informed explaining the significance of the calandar pyramid including the fact that there are infact 365 steps (91 on each side and the top platform). Chichen Itza also has one of the biggest ball courts in the Mayan world and the...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Nov 18, 2012 - Chichen Itza, ruins and cenotes

Partiers in the next room kept us up despite our use of ear plugs. At 2:30 am when I called front desk to complain, I was told it would be okay as there was a group on a late flight checking in. Duh, I don't think all that yelling had anything to do with just “settling in” but whatever. I was sorely tempted to bang on their door at 6 am but ….I restrained myself. Hehe We met a couple of the others for breakfast at a restaurant down the street, came back and checked out, loaded up in taxis and headed to the bus station. Mexican buses are...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is easily the most visited and best restored pre Columbian site in the Mayan world. It was quite the amazing tour and pictures don't really do this place justice. The Mayans were actually one of the most advanced of all of the pre Columbian cultures and some of the things that they built boggles the mind. For example, the main temple at Chichen Itza had a really interesting acoustic effect as it seemed capable of amplifying all sounds around it. The most common way to show this was clapping as a single clap could easily be...

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May 12, 2011 - Chichen Itza Maya Ruinen

eines der neuen 7 weltwunder, mit recht. beeindruckend thront die hauptpyramide ueber ein extensives ehemaliges stadtgebilde mit den jaguarn geweihten tempeln, wohnhauesern, einem ehem. astronomischen observatorium und den ueblichen fussballfeldern. ja nicht england ist der klassische vater des fussballs. es scheint so, als ob die alten maya eine art fussball kannten, jedoch mit eher ungesunden konsequenzen fuer die verlierer -diese wurden zumeist gekoepft und den goettern geopfert. chichen itza ist beruehmt fuer seine sehr genauen...

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Apr 9, 2011 - from the halls of Montezuma.......

Chichen Itza is one of the great sites of human civilization....it along with Uxmal, Tikal, Palenque is a living testament to the genius of the MAYA carved out of the Yucatan jungle built upon and modified over the centuries. As the pyramids of Egypt developed from the predynastic (prior to 3100B.C. when King Narmer was the first ruler to hold sway over upper and lower Egypt wearing the white crown of upper and the red crown of lower Egypt...) pyramids were adaptations of the mastaba tombs, built one upon the other and being the template...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Chichen Itza - Under construction

I've now been to several ruins, which are in no short supply, and Chichen Itza is the best by far. This site has been partly restored by archaeologists using the original stones, and it is amazing to see them in their former glory (well, the main pyramid anyway). To get the most out of our experience, we hired a certified tour guide, who gave us a great deal of information. It appears the main reason for Chichen Itza's status as a member of the "seven new wonders of the world", along with the Great Wall of China and The Taj Mahal, is the...

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Chad's Travels

Mar 8, 2011 - Chichen Itza

March 8th Got to sleep a little late as the transport wasn't due until 7:40. I was the only pickup from the hotel, but when I got to the transfer spot... a full bus with 56 people and not an empty seat – I got to sit next to the only other single person there – a woman from Argentina who could speak about as much English as I could Spanish. Not a lot of talking on the bus... As I had feared it was a real cattle drive. The guide was articulate and made some pretty bad jokes, but OK. He tried to sell us any number of items (personalized Mayan...

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Jan 26, 2011 - Run Through The Jungle

Over on the mountain, thunder magic spoke-Creedence Clearwater Revival We hit the sack by 9pm last night exhausted from yesterdays exercise in adrenaline depletion. But getting up this morning was shear pleasure for me because we have scheduled back-to-back private tours again with our same awesome guide from yesterday! After grabbing a quick latte at the god-sent Starbucks around the corner, we were picked up again at 7am. Today was to be a longer day of travel. First scheduled stop was the smaller ruins of Ek Balam, then onto the more...

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Apr 15, 2010 - Chichen Itza and Valladolid

The best day of the holiday for me was going to see Chichen Itza. As soon as you get there you can see why it is one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the sheer size of the pyramid is amazing. The design is impressive, you can see that the shadow of the sun makes it look like there is a snake running down the side of the pyramid, and when you stand in front of it and clap, a weird echo bounces back. The whole site of Chichen Itza from the Mayan settlement is massive, there is a big arena where ball games were played, lots of temples...

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