A taste of historic Mexico

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Jun 21, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Sunday, May 30, 2010

We finally decided to get off our lazy bums and visit some stuff around here.
 Last night we hired a car so that we can leave early in the morning to go and visit some places of cultural significance around here.  We booked a car on Thursday and got the deal all sorted (or so we thought!).  When we went to pick up the car, the car we wanted was not available, the promotions we were promised could not be redeemed, etc.  After a bit of whinging on my part all was good and I invited the sales person to come to Australia and I'll show him how it's all done.  He just gave me a nervous smile...
Anyway, we left the hotel before 6am and arrived to Chichen Itza around 8:30am.  My two babies slept while I tried to keep the car on the road.  Chichen Itza was an amazing place...  It was a settlement of the native Maya people and the structures they built were just awesome.  Awesome not because the buildings were the best but for what they represented.  The main temple (see photos) is all about the sun, the amount of days per year, orientation, beginning of summer, the beginning of winter, etc.  They were mathematicians and astrologers.  The buildings had awesome echo effects.  One stadium like structure echoed a sound 7 times!!!  The main temple when you clap close to it has a echo effect of a Mayan sacred bird called Quetzal.  It was very interesting.  The only downside was that you get pestered by the countless stall holders trying to sell you various souvenirs.  We missed a lot of them as we went quite early.  The other bad thing was the HEAT - and I mean REAL HEAT!
Following Chichen Itza we visited nearby Cenote IK-Kil.  This is like a big swimming hole.  Apparently here they don't have aboveground rivers but only underground.  Well this is one of the spots where there is a hole and you can see the river.
For lunch we stopped in a town called Villadoid where I felt I was in Spain rather than Mexico.  The town square and the cathedral were very nice.  The restaurant was also in the town square and the food was great.  Roxy wanted some pancakes for dessert and one of the chefs came next to the table and prepared it for her.  It was very cool. A well deserved pitstop.
Following this we set out to visit Coba, another group of ruins.  Roxy was struggling since Chichen Itza (I think she got a mild heat stroke) and she decided not to come in here so I went by myself.  These ruins are quite scattered and I probably walked for about 6km in a fairly short time.  But the cool thing here is that I could climb the highest temple and see the endless view from the top.
Our last stop was going to be in Tulum but we just missed it as they closed earlier than we thought and we set out to our journey back to Cancun.  I blame Roxy for not making it in time as she spent too long eating her lunch... :-)
I have to say that the roads we went on today were pretty good and better that I expected.  But on the down side, everywhere you go you get ripped off.  You pay the entrance to each of the places but then they make a killing by charging you for the parking too (and there are no other options).  Then if you want anything else in the park you pay extra.  At Chichen Itza we paid federal entrance fee but then we also paid local council entrance fee.  The toll road to our first stop was almost $25 USD.  But then again this is a touristic area and I guess people are prepared to pay for it.
We made it back at 7:30pm.  It was a full day, we are totally exhausted, wasted, but we feel it was totally worth it.
Now let's get back to our hotel, it has all we need - watch out, relaxing time ahead! :-)
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Vlkad you had better not blame Roxanne too often (taking too long to eat lunch etc) she may not go with you again hahaha XX

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