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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2

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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2

In yesterday’s post I started talking about our day trip we took during our spring break vacation in Cancun. We were at the all inclusive resort of Grand Bahia Principe Coba in Cancun and even though they did a great job of offering enough activities to keep anyone busy, we decided to leave for a day to do some exploring. We booked a trip to the Mayan pyramid and ruins of Chichen Itza with a tour company called Cancun Passion. We got on a colorful and comfortable tour bus and made the 2.5 hour drive from our resort to the tour bus parking lot. Our tour director Victor took care of most of the details. The driver was José and our tour guide was Eduardo. Eduardo proved to be full of facts and interesting knowledge. And he carried a large notebook that was positively overflowing with pictures, drawings, charts and characters that he would pull out throughout the day. He was quite entertaining and we got used to him telling us some vital fact or historical tidbit which he would follow up with a page in his book to help us see and understand. Before we left the bus we were warned that the area was pretty much blanketed with venders selling, well blankets, and all kinds of supposed authentic Mayan artifacts and souvenirs. We were told that in fact many if not most of these archaeological treasures were probably from a factory somewhere in Southeast Asia.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2

Duly warned we went off into the bright sun and heat of the central Yucatan Peninsula. The temperature felt quite a bit higher than at our resort. It was probably similar in fact, but now that we were away from the coast we didn’t have the benefit of the constant ocean breeze. Victor made sure everyone got a bottle of water as we left our bus and we went through the entrance to the monument. Well after everyone took a bathroom break that was! Hey, it was a long bus ride! This pyramid is one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World. So it gets its share of tourists. In fact the crowds weren’t as bad as we thought they might be. If we had been there a couple days earlier it would have been a different story. Every year on the few days starting with the first day of spring and the first day of autumn the shadows at a certain time of day make an interesting pattern that resembles a giant snake that looks to be slithering from the top of the pyramid to the bottom. It’s incredible that these people from so long ago were able to build this huge pyramid and have it positioned so perfectly that this would happen. But that’s one of the reasons this place is so famous; and so crowded on those particular days. Throw in the fact that all the national parks in Mexico have free admission on Sundays for citizens and that would have added up to huge crowds.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2

This park is actually quite large, and now that the shadow show was over we had a lot of space to roam without feeling too cramped. The pyramid was the main attraction of course but there were several other structures including a building that is thought to have been a sort of planetarium. It turns out that the ancient Maya were some of the most advanced peoples of their time for mathematics and astronomy. Now that this site is on the short list of World Wonders you can’t do much close up looking any more. You can no longer climb the stairs or get behind the ropes unless you have special permission from the Mexican government. We did a lot of walking and sweating going from place to place in this park. Thankfully, Victor brought some more cool water to top up everyone’s water bottle and we usually found some shade to stand under while Eduardo brought out his book to show us a new picture. I usually love the heat and it’s rare for me to work up a sweat but on this day I was getting pretty sticky. We did ok avoiding the constant cry of the souvenir sellers and were able to keep up with our group. One poor man lost his wife while we were making our way through a wooded area to the next ruins. But they were reunited when we headed back toward our bus. By this time I was hot, tired, hungry and thirsty. One more stop at the rest room on our way out of the park and we found our colorful bus with no problem. Our bus driver José instantly became my favorite person on the tour as he handed out ice cold bottles of Corona Mexican beer as we boarded the bus! I am not really much of a beer drinker but at that time it tasted WONDERFUL! Everyone was present and accounted for so off we went. Next stop, lunch! Find out how that went in my next post!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—CHICHEN ITZA PART 2

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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza Part 1

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza Part 1

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza

Chicken Pizza? Sounds tasty!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza

We weren’t sure what we wanted to do on our Cancun Spring Break vacation so we just sort of went day by day. We went to the all inclusive resort of Grand Bahia Principe Coba and there’s really no need to ever leave if you don’t want to. There’s plenty to do or lots of places to just chillax if that’s your preference. We weren’t sure which way we wanted to go so didn’t reserve any day trips before we arrived. When we booked our vacation on the Apple Vacations website there were lots of suggested excursions to choose from so we had an idea of our options. After a few days lazing by the pool or beach we decided maybe one day out may be OK. I’m not real comfortable in the water yet so didn’t feel like I was up to snorkeling or a swimming trip. I much prefer to keep my feet on the ground! There are a couple options for looking into the history and culture of the native Mayan people who used to rule this part of Mexico long ago. There was a very near city ruin of Tulum. This was just a few minutes from our resort but didn’t really appeal to us that much. A much further trip was to the pyramid and other buildings in Chichen Itza. We had originally took this trip off the list because of how long it was, but when we talked more to the Apple Vacations/Amstar representatives in our resort lobby it sounded better. They assured us that the transportation was safe and comfortable and the included lunch was delicious and most of all, the destination really was a “must see”. They mentioned that the whole Chichen Itza area was one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World and that was enough for us to go ahead and book a trip.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza

For all you who are working on your bucket lists, the rest of the Wonders are the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu in Peru, Rome’s Colosseum, Petra in Jordan and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Having lived in China for most of my life, I had been to the Great Wall a couple times but never want to miss a chance to cross one of these must see places off our list. Thinking of this, a couple hours on a comfortable air conditioned tour bus didn’t sound that bad after all. One good thing about our resort being a bit far from the airport was that we were actually pretty well located for some of the day trip locations. Our bus wasn’t scheduled to pick us up until almost 9am and we were told we’d be back in plenty of time for our 8:30pm dinner reservation. That meant we had time to get up and have a nice breakfast at one of the resort’s buffet restaurants. The trip included a bit of fruit and a muffin but we opted for our daily cappuccino, fresh fruit and full breakfast. We had booked our trip a couple days before so had our tickets all set and just had to wait for our pickup. Our excursion was booked with a local tour group called Cancun Passion. They offer several different tours based in the Cancun area as the name implies. There were several different buses and vans that were driving in to pick up people and take them to various destinations. After a couple false starts we saw a modern tour bus come in. I liked it immediately! As you probably know, I love color and this bus was bright green in the front and sunny yellow and sky blue in the back. Not only was it cheerfully colorful but it would be easy for us to find later!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza

Our tour director, Victor, came over with a clipboard and made sure our names matched his list and collected our tickets. Onto the bus and off we went. Victor could tell that most of the passengers had gotten up much earlier than their usual vacation wakeup call, so gave us a brief introduction to the other members of the Cancun Passion team. José was the driver and our tour guide was Eduardo. We had made sure to book an English language tour but it turned out that there were a few passengers in the front seats that were from Spain and Argentina. So Eduardo told the rest of the bus to take a rest and he gave his history and culture talk in Spanish to the front group. While he was doing this, Victor was walking the aisle passing out apples, bananas, muffins, rolls, orange juice and coffee. Looking at this we knew we’d made the right breakfast decision! So I took the opportunity to rest my eyes. After all they would be looking at one of the Modern 7 Wonders soon and I didn’t want them to be tired! I did take a look at some of the “real” Mexican villages we were going through. They sort of reminded me of some of the small villages in China where I grew up. The houses were small and open because of the heat but you still saw children playing and people going about their daily lives. I guess that’s similar everywhere in the world. After an hour or so it was our turn to hear Eduardo’s history lesson. He began by telling us that a good way to remember the name Chichen Itza was to think of chicken pizza but he assured us we would be eating better food than that! He was quite proud that he and the other team members were descended from the Mayan people; at least partially. There are probably no pure 100% Mayans around anymore. Most are a mixture of Maya, Spanish and other peoples from the area. Eduardo told us there were still about 6 million people who could call themselves at least part Mayan, and the language and culture were being kept alive and well. As his talk was winding down we were pulling into the parking area for tour busses! Please come back to see what we did!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Chichen Itza
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Chichen Itza

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Necklace @Ann Taylor
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