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
agave plantation used for the production of tequila and
stopped at a large
(sinkhole used by Maya as a source of water and for sacrificial
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.
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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permitted. Photos were taken with
Canon T70 camera on Kodak film.