Later that afternoon we checked into our hotel, the Mayaland (the Lodge at Chichen Itza) – A really nice spot with it’s own entrance into the Temples. After a swim in the pool and a nap we set off to check out our third, final and largest of all the sites – CHICHEN INZA. We had a small issue getting into the park – another story we will leave out of the blog (apparently the guy collecting the tickets did not like Americans after one of his relatives was not granted entry into the US or me questioning the need to pay twice for the tickets).
Remember my comment about the only way to see any of the ruins in Mexico is either very early in the morning or very late in the day? I thougt we had it all planed out, but 3:00 in the is afternoon is apparently not early or late. It was still very very very hot. We did manage to miss most of the busloads of tourists – with Chichen Itza being one of the most
visited archaeological sites in Mexico with about 1.2 million tourists per year, we were happy to see them go before we showed up. Even with the sun it was very impressive, but no Angkor Wat (Cambodia). You can no longer climb to the top of the pyramid – Just another example of the world becoming more like the USA, you can look, but you can’t experience (travel now or see the world in a museum later, or at Walt Disney)
Jake and I made our way around the site trying to stay in the shade and wishing we could climb on or in everything. Very different prospective when you are standing be hind a rope with a group of people looking at something vs. being on top of it an only sharing it with a rising or setting sun.