3 down, only 4 Modern Wonders to go
Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
43Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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Today is a travel day to Playa del Carmen but before we get to the glitzy and cheesy beachfront, we stopped by at Chichen Itza to check out one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. We were having a chat about them in the bus and quite a few of our group had seen quite a few of the Modern Wonders. For anyone who doesn't know about them here’s the quick list:
Colosseum in Italy
Taj Mahal in India
Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
Chichen Itza in Mexico
Great Wall in China
Macchu Picchu in Peru
Petra in Jordan
So far, we’ve done the first two on that list, Chichen Itza will make it three, after we stop by Brazil and Peru we’ll have five out of 7 done
The main time temple that’s the superstar of Chichen Itza gives a spectacular display during sunrise and sunset of the two equinoxes every year. It’s during these two special times that the time temple shows a serpent climbing up or down (depending on sunrise or sunset) the template. This is done as a contrast between the angle of the sun at that time of the year and the steps of the temple. You can youtube it here.
That’s when Chichen Itza goes a little crazy as every man and his dog is trying to get in to see this event in person.
When they say, "They don’t build them like they used to" they were talking about these guys
There’s also a level of commitment that is lacking in a lot of what we see today. One government or leader will pledge some infrastructure project for an area of Sydney at a certain cost, only to have the political winds change and the project is pulled for whatever is topical to win votes. It’s little wonder why we lose faith in our leadership or have a high level of cynicism.
Anyway, back to the modern wonder. The main Pyramid of Kukulkan (which I wrote about earlier) hits you nice and early as you enter the site. You go through the gates, walk around the corner, through some trees then it hits you right in the face. We were there early and already the crowd was starting to build up
If reading this entry has made you add Chichen Itza to your travel wish list, try to plan your trip for the 3rd of April. You’ll also be able to see Elton John, who has decided that holding concerts in stadiums and arenas just doesn’t cut it anymore, he has now decided to perform in front of the time temple at Chichen Itza
In our next blog entry, we make our way to Playa del Carmen where there are plenty of women here to take up the plastic surgery torch in Michael Jackson’s absence and we get our first dive of the trip in!