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We were up early the next day to go and see the ruins at Chichen Itza (Mayan Ruins). We had been told by our traveling friends to get there as the gates opened. We were third in line and there was not a bus in sight. The ruins are spectacular. They were also the first Mayan ruins that we have seen on our trip so I'm ...
... from Merida who posed for us.
Franciscans decided to make their religious centre here in 1552, so lopped off the top of a pyramid and built the Convento de San Antonio de Padua on top. It has become an important place of pilgrimage in Yucatan after several presumed miracles and even Pope John Paul II gave the Virgin a ...
We stayed at the Hotel Chichen Itza in
Piste. A former Best Western. It is a lovely hotel with all the
amenities for only $50 per night. The best part, we were so close to
Chichen Itza that we got there at 8 am. We were the first people
through the gates Tuesday morning and basically had the place to
ourselves for a couple hours before the hordes from the Cancun tour
buses arrived. The place gets 20,000 visitors a day, mostly day
trippers. This is ...
... walk into the village of Piste, we wandered in and out of small shops selling the familiar Mayan trinkets, but at prices much reduced from the stores we had seen up until this point in our journey. We found a place to sit down for diner and a few beers, and talked about our strategy for visiting the ruins the next morning. After diner we wandered into a shop, where an interaction with a Mayan woman would give us an appreciation for the people of Mayan heritage.
... evening. Our final day in Playa we caught the bus to a town called Tulum where their are some 13 century Mayan ruins along the coast. They were pretty amazing, but the best part of our day was swimming in the Carribbean ocean after exploring the ruins.
Our final 3 nights in Mexico we spent in Valladolid, a 2 hour bus ride inland. We based ourselves here so we could explore Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city. Valladolid is an authentic Mexian town ...