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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá June 27th 2013

A fun day yesterday touring the Yucatan. Chichen Itza lived up to all expectations, truly amazing. Then a swim in a natural pool, with a few hundred others, oh and some fish. So so humid here so a cold pool was a treat... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá April 22nd 2013

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá February 19th 2013

Friday 15thFebruary: The good ship SS Norwegian Star docked at Cozumel early in the morning but we didn’t leave the ship until 12.30 pm…….. another excuse to load up on the excellent onboard food. When we did disembark we only had to walk 200 yards to our ferry to the mainland which then took 40 minutes to get to Playa del Carmen, the town close to our hotel. The Virgin Holidays organisation was super efficient for the entire transfer from ship to hotel and when we got back to the Occidental Grand Flamenco we found that our request for a room with a sea view had been fulfilled and our new room a big improvement on the previous one. Then it was back to our familiar routine of strolling down to the beach for a lounge ... read more
Picador practising
Picador posing

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá January 17th 2013

It was time to get up early (still normal time for us) and head for Chichen Itza, one of the 7 new wonders of the world. We were both very excited about the day. We skipped having a real breakfast to be able to take full advantage of the all you can eat buffet for lunch, this meant I was bloody hungry on the way to the cenote but didn’t notice because I was looking forward to having a dip in what was essentially an underground cavern with a lake in it. We were placed in a small minibus full to the brim with fellow sightseers. It was hot on there, then too hot, then really cold because of the air con, but nothing you wouldn’t expect in terms of comfort from going on an excursion. ... read more
Mayan Calender
Chichen Itza
The Ball Game Arena

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá January 16th 2013

This was the day I had waited for. This was the reason I even booked this particular cruise in the first place. I wanted to see the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of the Seven wonders of the Ancient world. How can I not! I am a huge nerd and I love history, culture and travel, overall. Well, Lyle and I got up, for what would be a very long day. I knew we would be on a bus for about two hours, until we got from our destination. We had arrived in Progreso, Mexico and Chichen Itza was a bit further away. For such a wonderful place, I was very surprised how many people on the cruise did NOT go to Chichen Itza. We only had one bus, while other tours had 2 or even ... read more
The Money Shot

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá October 19th 2012

After 2.5 days it was time to say goodbye to Playa del Carmen, and drive towards Merida for what brought us to Mexico in the first place - Rafa and Angelica's wedding! But before Merida, Chichen Itza, about halfway on the highway between Cancun and Merida, was on the schedule for today! Unfortunately we got there around the same time as most tour buses from Cancun, so we had to share the impressive sites with many, many others. That's the downside of it having been named one of the new world wonders.. Upside - if you linger, you get to listen to the guides for free ;). And the tours often focus on the most popular buildings, so the ones more in the back are a bit more quiet. It's quite amazing though, to realize that ... read more
Chichen Itza main temple
Chichen Itza main temple
Chichen Itza random temple

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá August 1st 2012

Cool place but lots and lots of vendors all trying to sell you some "almost free" crap.... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá July 16th 2012

De ferry nemen vanuit Holbox was een makkie, maar vanop het vasteland een busaansluiting vinden bleek een heel pak minder evident. De bus had uitzonderlijk niet gewacht op de ferry-passagiers van de TWEE maatschappijen en was dus zonder ons vertrokken. Geen ramp, denk je dan. Tot er een tropische regenbui losbarst en de volgende bus pas vier uur later blijkt te komen. Er waren welgeteld drie taxi's in het dorp en die waren natuurlijk alledrie bezet, maar een vriendelijke dame ging na een smeekbede door de knieën en stond ons toe ons met bagage en al op de achterbank te proppen voor de drie uur durende rit naar TizimÍn. Anderhalf uur later was er pas een aansluiting naar Valladolid, waar we weer op een bus sprongen voor de laatste rit. Bijna zeven uur na vertrek (en ... read more
Maya fashion
Chichén Itzá
Chichén Itzá

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá March 27th 2012

I had an amazing weekend! I will start with Friday. I think its time I gave some of the volunteering work I do here a bit of a mention, since it is one of the main reasons I have come here. I usually skim over it as it is slightly mundane compared to seeing some of the wonders of the world but it is still incredibly enjoyable and I have learnt loads about the Mexican way of life by doing it. So. Adam and I caught the bus to Kanasin. Originally everyone thought there would be loads of us, but when the word got out that more than enough people were timetabled to go, the numbers starting dropping until there were just 5 of us, and not a single spanish speaker amongst us. We managed to ... read more
Saturday night is hat night!
Beach at Celestun

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá February 22nd 2012

I don’t claim to pronounce foreign names correctly all of the time but I at least say them how they are spelt. Chichen Itza, pronounced ‘Chi-Chen It-Za’ Coba pronounced ‘Co-Ba’ Not that hard is it? Or is it? Before a trip one day we heard a group of people talking. Person 1-“Where are you going today?” Person 2-“We’re going to Cobo” Person 1-“Oh really, I hear it’s really nice” Person 2-“How about you, where are you going today?” Person 1-“We’re going to Chitzen Itzen. Well, see you later guys, have fun at Cabo” How many times can 2 people mispronounce 2 names that sound EXACTLY how they are spelt lol. We were the last people to be picked up from our hotel before making our way to Chichen Itza, some of the other people had been ... read more
A cenote
Chichen Itza
Catholic church in Valladolid

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