Travelled on Wednesday to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a NYC friend’s Destination Wedding.  What to do before her Saturday afternoon wedding?  Gym, check.  Dinner, check.  AND booked an all-day excursion to the Mayan ruins.

Chichen Itza was been on my travel wish list for years – but never thought I’d have an opportunity, me being so averse to hot weather & humidity.  Thanks Krissy for motivating me to travel south of the border!

Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destination, and rightfully so.  The Yucatan’s grandest archaeological site is Chichen-Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage area of immense cultural significance.

 

Chichen Itza is perhaps the largest, most famous and most accessible Mayan site, about 125 kilometres west of Cancun and Cozumel.  This ancient Mayan ruin, a major tourist stop in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is a rugged place of soaring pyramids, massive temples, startling carved columns and do-or-die sports fields.

Can no longer climb Kukulkan Pyramid (the large Mayan pyramid of Chichen Itza) but remained uber impressed by its aged construction & immensity.  Most of the Mayan tale conveyed by our guide Jorge, was reminiscent of the Egyptian pyramids (visited in 2009).  Both Mayans & ancient Egyptians utilized a pictographic language, were cultures abnormally advanced by high sciences & cohabitated within a restrictive social caste system.

Additionally, the Mayans developed intricate practices to answer the Gods in times of extreme drought & weather turmoil (hurricanes). Flattened misshaped skulls, purposeful teeth alterations & (jade) adornments, and sacrificial rituals dominated this ancient people.  Ultimately we’re all searching for meaning – how was our world created?  Where did we come from?  Lucky for me, my God doesn’t require youth sacrifices or wood planks tied to the head to square off my look 🙂

That said, super interesting.  Would have been a complete miss had I travelled to the Yucatan peninsula & not seen one of the new 7 Wonders.  LOVED it!  Crazy hot day but suppose better in May than July or August 🙂

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