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Jul 4, 2008 - Chichen Itza - the most famous ruins site in the Yucatan

This site is one of the popular tourist attractions in all of Mexico. It goes back more than 1500 years and the ruins are in very good condition. It was the crowded of all the sites that I have visited on both trips. Beginning in 2006, tourists are no longer allowed to climb the pyramid steps. This site has more vendors selling stuff that I've seen in a long time. If patient enough, one can normally bargain them down by about half. This is not so much the case in the "official" site for vendors at a dedicated area at the entrance. It is...

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May 20, 2008 - Tulum to Chichen Itza

May 20th 2008 Tulum to Chichen Itza A very interesting day that made up for the boredom of the day before. In fact this was a great sight-seeing day as follows: 1 At the gate of Tulum Mayan Ruins at 8.00am when they were supposed to open. Some discussion between one or two of us and an official when the man selling tickets had not arrived at 8.10 and they climbed the rope. It wouldn’t be Robin by any chance? This Mayan site is delightful. It is right by the sea and is only small so one can get more of a feel of what it might have been like,...

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May 20, 2008 - Chichen Itza

A relative short driving day today (just 210kms) and no borders to cross (yippee!!). However, there was a lot to see. We began by stopping just down the road from our overnight resort to view a small Mayan site right on the coast. We walked round which took an hour (with the Morrisons and the Patchets). The Morrisons always swat up on this sort of thing so we had our own "in house" guides. This site is a very pretty neat little site which at its height only contained 600 inhabitants but they were all nobility. It was essentially a trading...

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May 18, 2008 - Adios Mexico, Bienvenidos a Belize.

Ok, so we have been a little bit lax in our updates of this journal, but not to worry this is our last entry in Mexico…..thank God! When we last left off we were spending our days in Tulum exploring underwater caverns and wrestling with barracuda in the Caribbean ocean. So, to cap off our Yucatan peninsula experience we decided to venture inland a little bit to visit the ruins of Coba and Chichen Itza. Coba is a small out of the way ruin with several beautiful ball courts and one of the most extensive collection of Sacbes (sacred white...

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May 4, 2008 - Chichén Itzá

Today we left at 9am to catch a coach to Chichen Itza, which luckily was very comfortable. Although we already knew a bit about Chichen Itza, we were amazed by the shear size of the site and the ruins themselves. However, we had a fantastic guide and learnt a lot, and we didn´t realise that the majority had been blasted by looters looking for gold and also that the majority of sites lie undiscovered in the surrounding bush land. The following bus to Merida was not so pleasant for the 2 of us, as someone had taken the seats we were meant to...

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Feb 17, 2008 - Chichen Itza

Were met at 11am on the dot by our guide who had come from MERIDA. Pointer for future, if you book a hotel beside CI do not take one of the tours off the website expedia as the bus comes from MERIDA first so you miss out on the benefit of staying 2 mins from CI. Better to go early to avoid the tourist buses and get a local guide. This is not to say the guide was not good as he was but much better if you see the place without a 1000 other people in the Midday sun! Was a lot smaller than I expected but then Coba does have the highest temple....

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Feb 4, 2008 - Wonders of the World

Today it was a tour to Chichen Itza, now one of the modern 7 wonders of the world. I`d managed to book a tour that would then take me straight onto Cancun for my bus to Playa, instead of bringing me back to Merida. Unfortunately it became pretty clear pretty quickly that Victor, the driver and tour guide, hated tourists. I mean detested them. With a vengeance. Mexican people he was happy with, anyone outside of Mexico, fear for your life. In my instance, his loathing took the form of incessantly questioning me during his explanations; I`m...

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May 24, 2007 - Merida and Chichen Itza

Hey Everyone, The last night in Merida was good. Had a barbeque on the roof top of hotel. Then headed out to a Mambo cafe which was absolutely great. It had a life band playing a variety of music mainly latin or salsa of course. They also played some regular hits which was good. went to bed early morn about 4am. got up at 7 to get breakfast and catch bus to Chichen Itza. Slept fairly well on the bus but we got to destination quick so was not enough sleep. Walked around like a zombie. Funny thing, While roaming the stalls outside the pyramid...

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Feb 28, 2007 - Piste, MX - Chichen Itza Ruins & Light Show

Today is going to be a sizzling hot day; so, in an attempt to beat or at least cope with the heat, we donned our sunglasses and hats and left for our tour of the Chichen-Itza ruins early in the morning. Our tour group was split up and two guides led us through this famous archaeological site. Our guide was very good as he explained there are no palaces at this site; all the buildings here are temples and all were used for ceremonial purposes, none were lived in. He told us the first major settlement here were Maya, possibly from Guatemala....

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Feb 27, 2007 - Piste, MX - Home Base for Chichen Itza

As the song goes, "We're on the Road Again"...bound for the little village of Piste. It was an uneventful, 79 mile trip, over some nice country roads. The area is fairly clean and we saw lots of Mayan huts. This will be our home base for two nights while we visit the ruins at Chichen-Itza. It's a real stretch to call where we're parked an RV park. We have 18 rigs, and tows, squeezed into a tiny, postage-stamp sized parking lot. There are power poles but not enough juice to run anything; we'll be on generator while we're here......and, oh...

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Feb 27, 2007 - Chichen Itza

Usually when we arrive at a new campground we follow the wagon master in and he assists all of us one at a time in maneuvering into our parking spots. As soon as the tail gunner is in the vicinity he leaves his rig and assists with parking as well. Getting 19 rigs into a campground is a challenge under the best of circumstances, but in Mexico you never have the best of circumstances. But sooner or later, there we all are. But today they were REALLY worried about the campground at Chichen Itza. They drafted a special strategic plan like a...

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Feb 8, 2007 - Chichen-Itza

We only had to go about 1 1/2 miles from our campground to the Chichen Itza Ruins. We had a very good guide that spoke excellent english. We spent about 4 hours touring the ruins. We learned a lot about the Mayans. There were a peaceful people and they did not do human sacrifice like the Axtecs or the Toltecs. This evening we are going back to the ruins to see the light show. I have the internet right accros the street from us so I am going to post this and the pictures this afternoon and will update the evening stuff later (being at night...

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