Posada Santiago Guesthouse
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... B.C. but it wasn't until the 9th and 12th centuries A.D. that it became the seat of Mayan political and economic power in the Puuc region. It's estimated that the city used to have a population of 25,000 inhabitants distributed throughout a territory with enormous agricultural potential, but lacking in permanent water sources. The architecture at this site is said to be one of the most authentic examples of the Puuc style.
From the main road we had to walk around ...
... and it was HOT. The hottest so far I think, but thats ok I thought, the hostel dorms have aircon right? Nope... The good thing is that the dorm was on the 3rd floor and with several large windows/ doors/ balconies which captured alot of wind and the rooms were nice and airey, so in truth it felt pleasant. There was only 1 other guest in the room, an old Canadian lady who was in Mexico for cheaper and better health care... She seemed to be happy with ...
... me up a few days before, who offered to drive us round the other places in their hire car the next day – perfect! J
So the next morning, we did hit up the ruins, which were just as touristy but worth the visit (the same can’t really be said about the garbage museum). Spent a good few hours around there with one particular section feeling like you were just being herded round by cattle as people took pictures of alcoves – I mean seriously would you ...
... After the park, I headed to Paseo Montejo to look at the beautiful photography and sculptures they had up for the Maya festival. I ended up at the Maya monument and stared at the structure that took the sulptor 12 years to install. Then, I played Russian Rulette with the cars again to cross the round-about and meandered into a cafe to drink coffee and write.
I must have walked at least 12 miles today in this bustling ...
... great information on the maya people and the history, seeing the famous main pyramid was great and we also saw heaps of iguanas getting around the place. There are market stalls set up everywhere around the place, which almost ruins the historic vibe of the place, everywhere you walk you get hassled to buy something and a lot of the market stall owners very persistent, even going as far as to say everything is $1, just to suck you in. The Chichen Itza site has its own ...