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Apr 15, 2010 - Day 13-14 Chichén Itzá / Playa del Carmen

Day 13 We left the hotel at 8 sharp, still feeling delicate, I only had OJ and toast with a side of Imodium. 3 hours later we got to Chichen Itza. The ruins themselves are very impressive, not being able to move without getting "you buy? only 10 pesos", not so impressive. I figure there where almost and equal number of tourists to vendors. Although, some of the goods made me laugh that's for sure. Castings of large penises scattered in with masks, silver and a bazillion copies of the Mayan calendar stone. But aside from that, I do...

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Feb 15, 2010 - Chichen Itsa/Piste via Coba ruins & Valladolid - PICS NEED LABELS

Lft Tulum 9am via colectivo to bus (Coba ruins), then on to Valladolid (ADO) then another colectivo 2 pm to Piste (near Chichenitsa ruins). Arr Pasada Olalde 2:45, nice driver dropped us at the door. Then to find out the rooms are now 300p, much more than LP said! Bon hesitates, man who speaks English says,"You want cheaper? How about 250p?" Bon, "Same room?" A bit taken aback. "Oh yes!" Could have knocked me over w/ a feather...this is the 1st time in all of MX when we questioned the price (which, because prices are high, we've done...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Chichen Itza

Hi Everyone, As you can see we have revelled in the pyramid section of our trip. I think my favouritesite is Palenque as our guide really emphasised how exciting it must have been for those beginning to discover the wonderful discoveries we can now see an infinitesimal bite of. He took us for a walk into the forest and it is amazing hoe these temples really just look like hills covered in vegetation. Then suddenly you see an entrance or a wall and realise there is a building that later turns out to be an immense temple. Uxmal was much less...

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Jun 27, 2009 - Chichen Itza

Cassie and i headed out of Tinsle Town(Cancun) and headed to the Mayan Ruins. The first day that we got there we were told that it was open till 7 and the gates close at 5. Wrong. they close at 4.30. so after waiting around by the pool at the hotel we didnt get to the ruins the first day. no worries they werent going anywhere so we decided to get there early and take some pics before all the tourists got there. We got some great pics then headed back to the hotel to get some dirty BBQ chicken and soft Tortillas. soo nice.

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Feb 27, 2009 - Cancun, Quintana Roo to Chichen Itza, Yucatan

We have now been on the road 5 months and covered well over 20,000 km through 9 countries. We still have perhaps 10,000 km and 2 months ahead of us before arriving back in Alberta. Looking at it in those terms we still have quite a trip ahead of us. The first hour or so I was keenly listening to the engine and sniffing for any smell of antifreeze leaking. As the miles worn on and the bike felt good I began to relax more and more and really started enjoying the ride. We stuck to the libre (free) highway instead of the cuota (toll) highway....

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Feb 24, 2009 - The most popular one!

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...

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Feb 23, 2009 - A refreshing day!

Departure time - 0730 Arrival time - 1000 Distance traveled - 79 miles Destination - Piste, Yucatan Staying at - dirt lot next to Piramide hotel Amenities - dry camping The early part of today’s short drive was along some well maintained 4 lane roadways. We traveled through Merida ( population over 1 million ) with no difficulties and after about 50 miles traveling at 45 miles an hour, we exited the highway. The last part of our drive was spent traveling at slower speeds through several small towns and villages. A short time later we...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Chichen Itza

We were awakened by turkey gobbling. When I took Corky out, I discovered that there were 4 tom turkeys doing a unison serenade of our campsite. As we were parked in a very grubby hotel overflow lot, I guess they thought we should upgrade our parking spot. Whatever! We spent the day touring the famous ruins at Chichen Itza. Our guide was very philosophical about the popular legends of human sacrifice and it's place at Chichen Itza. The tour was good, but very hot. It is no longer possible to climb the main temple, but it turned out that if...

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Feb 13, 2009 - Back Country

With another RV, we decided to take the road less traveled today. We pulled out before the caravan and traveled to Acanceh where the city is literally build on the ruins. We were guided to 3 sites by a young man who, despite no Engish, gave us a great explanation of the area. From there we went further back into the country, and ended up on roads so narrow that the outside rear tires on the RV were on both the right and left shoulder, even though it was a 2 way street. Passing vehicles was a real challenge. But after a bit we found what we...

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Feb 2, 2009 - Wasted morning with timeshare sales pitch afternoon in Playa

From the moment we arrived at the airport to the time we checked it the timeshare reps hunted us like elusive prey. For 90 minutes of our time they offered breakfast at a buffet, 1000 pesos and 10% off our bill. Unexplicably we relented. It may have been the amount of alcohol we consumed the first day, and thinking that 10% could be a lot of money by the end of the week. On our second full day we found ourselves wasting the morning from 8:15 - 10:42 being told about the wonders of timeshare ownership. We said NO and repeated to do so until...

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Feb 1, 2009 - Mayan Ruins

We wake up today stupid o´clock to be driven 2.5 hours to Chichen Itza. This is the ancient Mayan centre. We get a Mayan guide, Raphael, who grew up on Chichen Itza, is an archeologist AND works on the Mayan ruins. Amazing! The site was incredible. There was the place where they played a game - it was a 6 pound ball, hit with sticks and you have to get it through a small stone hoop about 20 feet off the ground. The kicker...the winner gets beheaded as a religious honour. All sorts of amazing audio tricks like echos and sounds changing from...

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Jan 13, 2009 - October 22-24, Chichén Itzá

After a relaxing evening in the Villas, Derek and I arise early (as we do), have an incredibly healthy and tasty Mexican breakfast: Mexican scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and fruit juice. We then trek to the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá at a hideous distance of about 500 metres from the Villas. Already at 8am it's a hot, steamy day but it's best to tour the ruins as early as possible before both the heat and the onslaught of tourists make it unbearable.

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