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Exploring Chichen Itza, Mexico

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Chichen Itza: the largest, most famous and most accessible Mayan site in the Yucatán Peninsula.

I am an awful person when it comes to historic sites. I love them and always want to visit them, yet I feel like I can never really cover them decently. That’s how I feel  about my wonderful day trip with Viator: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun .

Maybe it’s the videographer in me, who is constantly worried about lighting, and getting the right shots and finding something fun to cover in my videos. Because, let’s be honest, temples, which are beautiful, regal, and of historic significance, can be quite a dry topic. In videos they can seem lifeless. Even though in all honestly, they are not. They are rich, important, spectacular and full of life.

Also, I never have enough time to listen to all the details the tour guides provide, and they are quite extensive as they really do know their history!

Ball Courts

Ball Court, which was the location for the ancient mayan ritualistic game of Ōllamaliztli. When played, human sacrifice was offered up to the gods by the winners! (maybe it doesn’t suck to be a sore looser after all?)

The intricate details of these grand buildings are simply remarkable, even compared to some of the top new skyscrapers and technological advances of the modern world. To ancient civilizations Chichen Itza must have been an other worldly  experience.  

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Well if there is one thing I must say, it is how excited I am about ticking off number 5 off my New 7 Wonders of the World bucket list. I now only have two more left and boy am I motivated to tick  those off. (Taj Mahal in India and Petra in Jordan are my last two.)

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Me and the Vagabrothers outside the El Castillo, or the Kukulkan Pyramid a UNESCO world heritage site. It has 365 steps, one for each day of the year!

Another thing I discover on my Viator trip was what a cenote was. Giant sinkholes you can drink from, swim in and even scuba dive through. Apparently there are hundreds of these scattered all around the Yucatán Peninsula here in Mexico. Ik kil cenote being the first I visited was a great taster: adventure, natural wonder and just a bit of magical mystery. My kind of attraction.

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Yes, what a splendid day trip and perfect way to break up the beaches and parties back in Cancun.

Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by Viator, you can read more about my Viator Ambassadorship here!  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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    September 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Such a Magical Place…

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