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Aug 14, 2006 - Chichen Itza & Cenote Ikkil

Och neeeeeeeee, ich kann's nicht fassen. Habe gerade eine volle Stunde lang gebraucht, um meinen Reisebericht zu schreiben - und jetzt ist mir der scheiss Rechner abgestuerzt. Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Das Wichtigste also in Kuerze nochmal: We're on the road! Sei gestern ist unsere illustre kleine Reisegruppe also beisammen und wir haben einen Riesenspass! Zehn Leute, die hervorragend zusammen passen, bis jetzt jedenfalls.... Ein Tourguide, Sean, sieben Frauen im ALter von 21 - 35 und zwei Jungs Ende 20, glaub ich. Kein grosses Sightseeing gestern, wir...

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Aug 1, 2006 - Merida - Chichen Itza and Fun in the Cenotes

K: Chichen Itza is the famous Mayan site whose may calandar temple (big pyramid) on the equinoxes appears to have a shadow serpent go down and back up the the stairs on its north side. You also used to be able to climb it but unfortunately a tourist fell down and died and spolit it for the rest of us as now you are only allowed to look! It was a very impressive site though and I was glad we had got a guide to explain the history and rituals of the place. They were very advanced, particularly in astromnomy but, obviously, it`s the stories of...

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Jun 5, 2006 - Chichen Itza

Wow! The Mayan Temples here were absolutely amazing It's unbeleivable how organised and mathematically intelligent an ancient society like the Mayans are. Shell was in tears again (this means its the most amazing thing she's ever seen. I've been learning) The bus broke down on the way there, so we were stuck in the heat for an hour or so till the driver fixed the problem (apparently it happens alot). We were taken on a tour around Chichen Itza when we arrived and learnt some interesting info. The Mayans built the big Pyramid Temple with 365...

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Apr 21, 2006 - Chichen Itza

We went to Chichen Itza today, another major mayan settlement. It was beautiful, I wont go into too many details as it is similar to what we have already described for Copan Ruinas and Tikal. Chichin Itza is more impressive in some ways as it has the large temples with a lot of detailed hieroglyphs still present. We had a really good guide though and he brought the place alive for us, it was well worth the extra few sheckles! It was incredibly hot here though and not very much shade so we had to be careful and drink gallons of water going...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Apr 13, 2006 - Chichen Itza

Thursday we went on a guided tour to Chichen Itza. We live in Playa Del Carmen these days, after a dissapointing visit in Cancun. We decided to rather take day-trips from Playa del Carmen. We were 14 people with a guide on our own, and we also had a lunch buffet and a visit to a cenote with the opportunity to swim included in the price. We'll post a few pictures from the astonishing archeological site and write some words about the most important temples below. The Temple Of The Warriors: Also called Temple Of Sacrifices, 1000 columns and...

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Apr 3, 2006 - Chichi

The most famous of the Yucatán Peninsula's Mayan sites, Chichén Itzá still managed to impress, even on ruin number 4 (and counting!). The scale and layout is immense, and the detail in the hieroglyphs fascinating. The grandest in a grand setting, El Castillo, is a 25 metre high pyramid that actually represents the Mayan calendar - formed in stone with 9 levels, each divided in 2, representing 18 months of the Vague Year and each of the 4 stairways has 91 steps, add in the top platform and the total is 365... One of the most striking ruins...

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Loges' Go Global

Aug 26, 2005 - Chichen Itza

Le grand jour est arrive, 2 ou 3h de bus et hop me voila a Chichen Itzà, LE site incontournable. Il fait evidemment toujours aussi douf et cette fois-ci je garde la visite pour tot le lendemain matin et passe le reste de l`apres-midi a la piscine. On va s`gener tiens ! Comme dans tous les autres endroits ou je suis allee, c`est plein de Francais et d`Italiens, ils ont du organiser des charters en commun, c`est pas possible autrement. A 8.30 du matin, j`etais sur le site, deja trempee a peine levee. D`abord fondee par les Mayas au 9e siecle,...

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Aug 22, 2005 - Chichen Itza

22.08 (DM) We got moving early this morning and caught the first bus to Chichen Itza that departed on time at 7:15am. We arrived right on time as the gates opened at 8am. It was a glorious clear and sunny day today so after the overcast conditions of the last two days it was welcomed. The heat and crowds at Chichen are as famous as the fantastic ruins of the site so arriving early was key. Our expections were not high like they were for Tikal, so as we walked in the direction of the El Castillo our moods were very positive and relaxed. El...

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May 24, 2005 - Chichen Itza

We dragged ourselves out of bed at 6:20 this morning so that we could get an early start on Chichen Itza. We took the bus from Valladolid a little after 7am, and arrived at the park at 8am, just as it was opening. This turned out to be a great plan... there were only 8 or 10 other people that arrived when we did, so we had the ruins virtually to ourselves. The first thing we did was climb the 91 steps up El Castillo, as every visitor must. It is only 25m high, but it is extremely steep and the stairs are very shallow. There is a rope going...

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Sarah Down South

Apr 13, 2005 - Chitzen Itza

A very early start from Merida to catch bus at 6:30am to the Chichen Itza Ruins approx. 2 hours travel to the east. Stashed our backpacks on arrival, bought entry tickets then ready to explore until the bus departed for Cancun at 4:30pm that same afternoon. By 8:30am it was already hot and humid but that didn't deter us. Again, like the other Mayan sites visited to date photos and descriptions cannot prepare you for the immensity and detail of the buildings. This is the most reconstructed site in Mexico, but some of the untouched buildings...

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Apr 7, 2005 - Vallidolid

This is the place to come and do yet more nothing, tis a simple town with the typical little town Zocolo and beautiful shady areas to sit in and contemplate the world. It also has a small little night club where chris and I managed to drink in three nights in a row. I cannot say that I am tall but I felt like a giant in that place. I think they should rename the place from Saints and Sinners to the land of the munchkins!

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Shaney On Tour

Apr 1, 2005 - Valladolid et le gigantesque site de Chichen Itza

Tout juste arrivee avec Dan (anglais, ingenieur en informatique ... comme quoi meme eux ils voyagent ;-)) et Luke (australien amoureux de l'amerique) comme compagnons de route. Donc en ce moment c'est plutot l'anglais que je pratique.... finalement je ne suis pas sure de revenir en sachant mieux parler l'espagnol que l'anglais... a suivre. Nous logeons dans une auberge de jeunesse, une ancienne demeure coloniale aux charmes fous, avec un joli petit jardin, cuisine exterieure a disposition, douches et sanitaires egalement a l'exterieur....

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Lenalatina 2005

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