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My visit to Chichén Itzá on June 22, 2005

During my vacation to Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula, I had a pleasure to take a tour of this wonderful place located in the Yucatan jungle about 3Hrs drive from my hotel. It was a rainy day as the photos below attest. On the way, we drove by a blue agave plantation used for the production of tequila and stopped at a large cenote (sinkhole used by Maya as a source of water and for sacrificial offerings).

Chichén Itzá archaeological site is very large. As I learned, the whole site was raised off the surrounding jungle floor to keep it dry and make it more impressive. After a steep climb, the view from El Castillo, the main Maya worship place is quite spectacular. In the distance, there are mysterious ruins that are still covered by the jungle canopy.

What really disturbed me is the way that Tour Operators treat the local descendants of Maya trying to sell souvenirs at the site. Our tour group was told not to buy from them. I did and was livid that the despicable tour guide would even make such a demand. After all, these are the descendants of the Maya civilisation that built this place.

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On the way to Chichén Itzá  
   
Blue Agave Plantation.   Cenote Ik Kil.
It is located near Chichen Itza.
  Tourists swimming in Cenote Ik Kil pool.

Chichén Itzá Archaeological Site
   
Platform of the Jaguars and Eagles. In the background is El Castillo or "La pirámide de Kukulkán".    El Castillo. Height: 24m - top platform (+6m with the temple). Click here for more info.
Recently it was discovered that it was constructed above a huge cenote 'Sacred sinkhole') that might eventually destroy the structure in the distant future.
 
Climbing El Castillo staircase. There is a rope going up the staircase for the weary climbers.
 The staircases rise at an angle of 45 degrees.
 
Interior of the roofed temple on top of El Castillo.  
 
 
Temple of the Warriors or Temple of the Thousand Columns.
It's a panoramic combination of three photos using Hugin photo stitcher.
 
   
 
Ball Court where pre-Colombian ball game was played, sometimes to the death.
It's a panoramic combination of three photos using Hugin photo stitcher.
 
   
   
Unidentified structure as seen from El Castillo.   Platform of the Jaguars and Eagles as seen from the top of El Castillo.   Unidentified structure as seen from El Castillo.
   
 
 
Unidentified ruins as seen from El Castillo.  
   
   
Chichén Itzá ball court. The ball had to be thrown through the ring on the right wall.   El muro de las calaveras.   Unidentified structure.
   
Unidentified structure.   Unidentified structure.   Unidentified structure.
   
El Osario (the High Priest's Grave).   El Osario (the High Priest's Grave).   El Caracol.
 
El Caracol or “the observatory”.
This is a circular temple on a rectangular platform, also sacred to Kukulcan. It served as an astronomical observatory. For more info, click here.
 
   

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