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Published: November 19th 2016
Costa Maya Pier
thats a long walk...
Another early start by loading the bus for a 2 hour driver to Mayan ruins north west of Cost Maya. Thankfully this was a half decent newer bus with great air conditioning and a smooth ride. The tour guide Letti gave us an abundance of info as we drove along about the Mayan culture and language. I really should start to record these guides, I can’t remember a lot of the info that they pass along.
Spectacular ruins at Kohunlich. Actual Mayan name has been lost but when the archaeologist came to the area he named it Kohun ridge. The locals couldn’t pronounce the “R” in ridge so it became known as Kohunlich.
While the Aztecs were known for their astrology the Mayans not so much but they did find 2 of the temples lined up with the rising sun on April 21st
to signify the start of the rains.
We also viewed a ball court where the winner(s) got to be sacrificed. New rule for the NFL, or NHL???
The Mayans believed that Kings, warriors, mothers (in childbirth) and those who were sacrificed went directly to heaven. All others had to go down first to be
tested to see if they were good enough to go to heaven. Their religion was so heavily based in going to heaven it was an honour to get sacrificed and go to heaven.
We had our lunch on the way back on the bus and wandered thru the shopping market on the way back to the pier. No straight lines here, they want the tourists to get lost and spend more time near the stores where the hawkers are always trying to get you to come in for the “Amazing deals”, “Almost free”
Dinner tonight was at Illusionarium. A steampunk magic show. Very well done!
Tomorrow an “easy” day of shopping in Cozumel.
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