Monday, December 23, 2019

Mayan mojo...

The main pyramid at Chichen Itza...
A nearly perfect structure...
My wife and I toured the fascinating Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Essentially, the central pyramid and structures are huge calendars of a sort which used the alignment of the sun and planets to determine their growing seasons.

It boggles my modern mind how these ancient people were able to construct these structures to such precise dimensions.

The main temple at the site...
El Castillo, a.k.a. the Temple of Kukulcan
Our one and only disappointment was the huge number of people hawking their wares on the site, although you don't see them in these photos. Tourists are forced to run a gauntlet of sellers running scams, using noisemakers, shouting out... all to get your attention. It certainly cheapens the experience.

As a result, the heritage site is in danger of losing its UNESCO World Heritage Site, something the local government doesn't want to happen.

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