|The famous Temple of Kukulkan (El Castillo).|
Behold Chichen Itza, the most visited archaeological site in Mexico :) It was very exciting to see a place I'd only ever seen in history books in real life. A fulfillment of a dream really....
|The Skull Platform (Tzompantli).|
|Temple of Jaguars. If you squint, you can see the little jaguar at the entrance :]|
|The Observatory (El Caracol).|
|Underneath a hoop in the Great Ball Court.|
The Great Ball Court is where the Mayans played an ancient version of the game, Ulama. Not only does it sound like a fairly difficult game to play, supposedly, the winners also got the worst prize in the world - the 'honor' of being sacrificed to the gods.
Rather than nearly nude and sometimes battered captives, however, the ballcourts at El Tajin and Chichen Itza show the sacrifice of practiced ballplayers, perhaps the captain of a team. Decapitation is particularly associated with the ballgame – severed heads are featured in much Late Classic ballgame art and appear repeatedly in the Popol Vuh. There has even been speculation that the heads and skulls were used as balls. - Wiki
|Butterfly mobile at a market near Chichen Itza.|
There was a restaurant and artisan complex near Chichen Itza that was selling some beautiful crafts. Your purchases go directly into supporting the artisans and thankfully, is wonderfully air conditioned ^_^
|A cenote. My ISO went nuts (that's what I get for shooting in Auto), hence the graininess.|
Credits: Julie & I
It was scorching hot that that day, so it was a pleasant surprise to hear we were going to go take a dip in a cenote, an underground pool of water. Pleasant until we got there at least...
The place looks uber romantic and beautiful in photos, but it was moldy and somewhat slimy in person. I guess that's my OCD playing out, but I do not regret not swimming in the cenote. Plus there were so many people! If I moved my camera an inch to the right, you'd see how crowded it was :P