The morning after visiting the Tres Conotes, I was again to be found at the bus station at an absurd hour. Two hours later I stepped off a bus in the midst of the ancient Mayan city, Chichen Itza.
Guarding the entrance to the ruined city is an impressive and entirely modern tourist facility, as well as a traditional Mayan marketplace. Skipping past the marketplace and heading to the complex, I was happy to find that by chance Sunday is entirely free. This was especially good to hear seeing as how I didn't know there was an access fee anyway, and the fee is a surpisingly steep $85 pesos (almost $10US -- hey, it's a third of my daily budget). Pleased by the serendipitious timing, I walked past the spinning gates and onto the trail to the city proper.
My first stop, as is probably typical for most everyone, is the center temple itself. Housed on top of the structure's ten terraces tall, and accessed by ninety-six extremely steep steps, the ceremonial chambers offer cool respit... [more]