Friday, January 5, 2018

Chichén Itzá

El Castillo (The Castle)

Since 2007 these ruins are in Wonders of the World.


The ancient city may be easily reached from Valladolid. Bus ticket in second class costs 26 pesos. Unfortunately, the private buses "collectivo" don't work here. Nevertheless, they are present in the Valladolid city, but apparently they go to closer destinations. They seems to not like taking tourists.

Football pitch

Chichén Itzá

These ruins are very popular tourist attraction. In the result, everywhere is ubiquitous commercialization. A lot of tourists and a lot of shops. After standing in the queue, you buy a ticket for 145 pesos. It is expensive in comparision with any other ruins in Mexico.

Holly well
Before entry, security check is performed. Bags are checked by guards. It is forbidden to carry video camera - the guard instructs that only taking photos is allowed.

Sadly, commercialization doesn't disappear after passing the entry gate. Between ancient ruins are traders with their stalls. In Mexican syle they loudly call to come and buy their staff. They are intrusive and very loud. When the heat is added to this noise, visiting this place becomes unpleasant.

Twice a year, March 21st and 21st September 21st (equinox) great shows are organized. Thanks to the great astronomic knowledge of the builders, an amazing show takes place those days. On the main pyramid El Castillo, game of the shadows makes amazing optical illusion - walking snakes on the pyramid's stairs.

Ruins of the church

Cenote Ik Kil

About 5 km from Chichén Itzá is one of the most famous and the beautiful cenotes of Yucatan. It is deep to 40 meters, 26 meters is underwater, 60 meters wide. Inside are waterfalls and plants hanging from the walls. Admission costs $6.

Tzompantli, in the background El Castillo

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