Blogs from Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico, North America - page 4


North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá January 25th 2012

So ive been to mexico many times, but through-out my travels to the eastern and western shores of the country; nothing compaires to the ancient temple deep in the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza, which has been around since ancient times as a Mayan temple used for worhsip, sacrifice and a place of mass gathering. While walking up the roadside into the lost temple, i was surprised to see how beautiful all the carvings in the walls of the material made to build such a beautiful monument. as I walked up to the botton of the stone steps, i heard a strange sound that resembled a bird calling out to the wild, yet i saw no animals around. Later on in my tour the guide told us to stand at the base of the step pyramid; he ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá August 16th 2011

Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá August 16th 2011

We arrive at The Mayan ruin (this is the one you see in all the advertisements, postcards, history books, etc.) promptly at 8:05 AM. And good thing too, the humidity is ramping up. The site is not directly adjacent to any village anymore but the place is already moving with vendors, ticket-sellers, guides, and a handful of tourists. We are immediately approached by an older, squat guide who calls himself Willy and speaks English with a discernible but indistinct accent. Though it is a solid chunk of change (about $40US) to hire a guide, we go for it since this is our first ruins site and it is the biggest. And we are uncertain how good the interpretative signage will be (we gambled correctly, the signs were almost humorously uninformative). Willy talks almost constantly but in ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá August 10th 2011

Don't look if you tire quickly of pictures of ruins....... read more
Mayan ruins Palenque

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá July 12th 2011

Mexico! By Rachael We realise we are very behind in our blog given that we have been in the States for the past month and a half so memory of events may be a little hazy... For the majority of our time in Mexico we were lying on a beach, living the dream. We both turned 23 during our time here so I think for both of us it was a special time on our trip. Anyway, we began our Mexican experience by flying in Mexico City which was no easy feat. We were flying from Havana. At 3am in the queue for check in for our flight Jo commented 'I can't believe none of our flights have been delayed so far'. Big mistake. We got to the front desk and were told 'so you are ... read more
At Chicen Itza
beach at Tulum
Rachael's birthday night!

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá July 4th 2011

Howdy! Its been a while since my last entry so there is a bit to write about! So we went to Merida and checked into a nice hostle with a very nice pool where we spent most of our time. It was absolutely roasting hot for the first couple of days with temperatures hitting 37 degrees poolside so that was great but I was still horrendously white leading to the not so flattering name of moby dick, 'Call me Ishmael'. So the first day we were there we went out in the evening for some food and watched the Mexico - America final which was a great game then of out for some drinks, ended up in the only club we could find which was clearly a locals place, we were the only tourists in there, ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá June 8th 2011

An early morning start. At 7:30 am we were getting into a shuttle and we would not be back until 8 pm. The drive to Chichen Itza from Cancun is about 2 1/2 hours if you go straight there which we did not. We headed first to the cenote. Our guide was Santos. Our drive was Ricardo Martinez....I think. Our driver was laughing so it was hard to tell if it was just Ricardo or Martinez or both because he said like Ricky Martin which is what made him laugh. Santos was of Mayan descent so he was short with the round Mayan face. When he was young his father thought that there would be a future for him if he learned English so he went to school and learned both Spanish and English. He is ... read more
The hole from above
stairway down
stalactite in back

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá April 4th 2011

Heute um 9 Uhr ging der Bus nach Chichen Itza und die Fahrt dauert etwa 3 Stunden. Es waren etwa 5 Personen im Bus, so daß ich mich ausbreiten konnte. Dort angekommen, war der Ticketkauf etwas komisch. Ich hatte an einem Schalter eine Eintrittskarte gekauft, doch am Eingang wollte man von mir noch eine andere grüne Karte sehen. Die gab es an einem anderen Schalter. Wozu man an zwei verschiedenen Orten ein Ticket kaufen soll leuchtet mir nicht ein. Der Eintritt kostet etwa 10 €. Das erste was man sieht, ist die Pyramide. Diese hat an allen vier Seiten Treppen mit jeweils 91 Stufen. Nimmt man die oberste Platform hinzu, ergibt sich 365, die Anzahl der Tage im Jahr. Zweimal im Jahr, zur Tagundnachtgleiche und einige Zeit davor und danach, versinkt eine Seite der Pyramide fast ... read more
Pyramide und ich

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá April 4th 2011

When we got back to Roatan we were pleased to find out that our boat was still floating. For the first few days in Barefoot Cay we just hung out. I did some school work and swam. One day we went out snorkeling but the water was really murky. On the 3rd day we were there some friends we met in Copan met up with us to stay on the boat. Wendy, Dave and Shaea, their 2 and a half year old daughter, had traveled all through Central America by land. They wanted to go with us by boat to Belize and even Mexico, but when Shaea got sea sick on the ferry to Roatan we decided that was not such a good idea. After they arrived at the marina, we sailed with them to the ... read more
My sleeping posistion for long voyages
Diving peer
jungle walk

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá February 12th 2011

Since I work online training people, it doesn't really matter where I live, so I live where I want. People have been talking about this day for decades, and its time a few of us start actually doing it. The bandwidth on the Internet is great enough that video calls, video document sharing, and audio realtime events are possible. So, as leaders, it is time to start asking an important question. Why are we driving to work in the morning? Why are we renting large buildings in expensive areas and asking our employees to spend 2 hours in the car every day? Why are we gathering in the same place every day? Is it so we can watch people work? Does that sound stupid to you? Why are you asking your employees to put up with ... read more
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