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mayan ruins in Mexico

Z. and I are back from our cruise and trying to settle back into daily life. Trying very begrudgingly, let me assure you. This girl was not ready to come back to “real” life and have been anxiously trying to get Z. to try to book another vacation.

I really do work to travel.

This cruise gifted me the chance to see two new (to me!) Mayan sites and the chance to relax on a beach that I have visited many times and loved. Each of the ruins I visited will get their own post, with this one focusing on Chichen Itza, a Classic period ruin that is an UNESCO world heritage site and on the list of Wonders of the New World.

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Chichen Itza ruins
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El Castillo

The ruins were magnificent and amazingly complete. There are three main areas to see: El Castillo, the Temple of the Warriors, and the ball court.

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Z. and I in front of El Castillo
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1000 Columns of the Warrior Temple
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The Ball Court

The only down side to this site was that it was very busy, which is not unexpected considering its scale. Honestly, the crowds did not bother me, but I heard a lot of grumbling from other people. This the second most visited ruins in Mexico, so be prepared.

It is also a long trip from the cruise port. You’ll be on an 8-hour excursion and over 6 hours will be in travel time. It was totally worth it to me, but it may not be how you want to spend your one day in Mexico.

Now for more pretty pictures!

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Ball Court
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Wall of skulls
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Decorative work

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