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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Photo Trip: Chichen Itza

:Sigh: It's been a crazy couple of weeks. We've been super busy w/our full time jobs =o/ putting in a lot of OT hours, so we've been negligent of our blog. Sorry!! But, since it's a 3-day weekend, we're finally getting around to blogging the last set of pics. from our vaca in Cancun. These pics. we've already posted up to our site and our facebook, so you can check them out there too. So I'll just get to it:)

Our last full day of our vacation, we rented the car and went to Cobá (which you can see that set of pics. here) then over to Chichen Itza.

The first time I (Vanessa) went to Chichen Itza, I was, I believe, around 12 years old. I thought it was the most amazing place ever, and going there made me want to be an Archaeologist even more (because at 12, that's what I wanted to be...Oh how things change when life happens).

The first time Carlos went to Chichen Itza, he was even younger than I. I think he said he was about 7 or so, but anyway...It's been a long time since we both visited, and things have changed both for us, and for Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World back in 2007. When I visited back in the '90s, you could actually climb all of the ruins, but due to a fatal accident, and new ownership claimed by the state of Yucatan, the ruins are now all blocked off and you are unable to climb them. Also back in the '90s, I don't think vendors were allowed inside the actual site, but now they're all over selling crafts.

Here are pics. of "El Castillo". A four sided pyramid w/91 steps on each side (91 steps x 4 sides + 1 step at the top of the temple = 365...As in 365 days in one year. Amazing how they knew that so long ago).





On this side, 2 times per year during the spring and autumn equinox, the Earth and Sun are at a perfect point where they cast a shadow on "El Castillo" and create the body of the serpent. The head of the serpent is at the bottom left of the photo already created as part of the pyramid. It's pretty amazing that the Mayans figured this out so long ago w/out what we call "modern" technology, but they were incredible Astronomers and Mathematicians. To see a video on "El Castillo", click here. It's pretty interesting.








The "Temple of the Warriors"









"Group of a Thousand Colums". And yes, there really are 1,000 columns.






Crafts


I purchased this from a little boy for $5.






The "Great Ballcourt". I love this picture Carlos took. I hadn't even noticed the body or head of the serpent all along the court, and w/the the hoop in the back slightly out of focus, it turned out great. When the game was played, there was, almost always, a human sacrifice involved at the end.





Well, that was the last set from our vaca. We were bummed to come back home, but hopefully we can go back soon to Cancun as there are other ruins to visit, and many pics. to take. Here's a last one of Carlos enjoying his fresh coconut that we got on the side of the road :)


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