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View from a bridge we were traveling over on our way to Chichen Itza

We had to stop for a few moments to let the cattle cross the road.

We are about to cross a very long bridge that takes us to our RV campground( Freedom Shores) for the night in "Isla Aguarda"

http://www.isla-aguada.com/

Freedom Shores was nice campground. We only stayed one night. There was no Wifi except in town and dogs were running loose in the park. We had power and water, but our site had no sewer. Lots of other sites had all services. Cost per night was 300 pesos for us.

GPS Location:  18.78293  N   91.49409  W

Power lines run in the water alongside the bridge to the island

We are now entering the state of Yucatan

John and I arrived in Piste at our campground "Stardust Inn"

GPS Location:   20.69375  N   88.58313  W

It is a grassed area next to the hotel. We got a site with water. All sites have power and water, but you pay 50 pesos more per night for power and we are self contained and did not require power for one night. This park is located at the outer edge of Piste and about a 2 kilometer walk each way to the pyramids at Chichen Itza. John and I had a nice walk there and back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza

Quoted from Wikipedia:

Chichen Itza (pronounced /tʃiːˈtʃɛn iːˈtsɑː/;[1] from Yucatec Maya: Chi'ch'èen Ìitsha',[2] "At the mouth of the well of the Itza") is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Yucatán state, present-day Mexico.

Chichen Itza was a major regional focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.

The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History, INAH). The land under the monuments, however, is privately-owned by the Barbachano family.[3]

 

This is the main building which has the ticket office and coffee shops/eateries and tourist trinkets are sold outside/inside and around the pyramids

Cost for entrance was 110 pesos each. If you wanted a guided tour that was an extra 600 pesos. It would be worth it if you were with a larger group and split the cost. Most people walked around the ruins and read the signs and snapped photos

You see a lot of Mayan handicrafts for sale. None are cheap. I bought a napkin for 10 pesos. below are some examples of their crafts. We saw people carving the masks and sculptures as we were walking past them.

Image copied from Wikipedia: map of Chichen Itza

 

John and I in front of the largest pyramid

John is kneeling near the lower right corner of this photo. This is one very large structure

Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors

Mayan ceremony: I am not sure what the medicine chief was doing, looked like he was getting rid of bad spirits

El Mercado

 

Templo de los Guerreros

Templo de las Grandes Mesas

Plataforma de las Aquilas y los Jaguares

 

Cenote Sagrado

Quoted from Wikipedia:

Northern Yucatán is arid, and the rivers in the interior all run underground. There are two large, natural sink holes, called cenotes, that could have provided plentiful water year round at Chichen, making it attractive for settlement. Of the two cenotes, the "Cenote Sagrado" or Sacred Cenote (also variously known as the Sacred Well or Well of Sacrifice), is the most famous. According to post-Conquest sources (Maya and Spanish), pre-Columbian Maya sacrificed objects and human beings into the cenote as a form of worship to the Maya rain god Chaac. Edward Herbert Thompson dredged the Cenote Sagrado from 1904 to 1910, and recovered artifacts of gold, jade, pottery, and incense, as well as human remains.[7] A recent study of human remains taken from the Cenote Sagrado found that they had wounds consistent with human sacrifice.[8]

 

Plataforma de los Craneos o

The function of this platform was to exhibit the skulls of enemies and sacrificed prisoners

 

El Gran Juego de Pelota

 

 

Next stop is Cancun

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