Mil gracias a Alex, nuestro guía por el día. He met us bright and early at the ferry in Playa del Carmen, volunteered his car, drove 3 hours each way, showed us around Yucatán, answered our many questions, and (most importantly!) kept his cool even when the out of town visitors were getting grouchy and tired. Alex is also a great photographer and took the standard tourist shot above and about 4 others like it with the other cameras in the group.
Alex also informed us that Chichén Itzá is up for a vote to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World:
Here you have a picture of the main building in the Mayan ceremonial center of Chichen Itza, it is known as El Castillo.
Dominating the center of Chichen is the Temple of Kukulcan (the Maya name for Quetzalcoatl), often referred to as “El Castillo” (the castle). This step pyramid with a ground plan of square terraces with stairways up each of the 4 sides to the temple on top. On the Spring and Fall equinox, at the rising and setting of the sun, the corner of the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent – Kukulcan, or Quetzalcoatl – along the side of the North staircase. On these two days, the shadows from the corner tiers slither down the northern side of the pyramid with the sun’s movement.
Remember to vote for Chichen Itza to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Here you have the link: vote.
The results are going to be given on July 7th, so hurry up, we have little over one week to make sure that this Mayan marvel is among the chosen ones.
Yesterday was tiring, but it was definitely great. It’s good to know that this little community of bloggers I’ve come to know over the past three or so years can go from words and photos online to great hospitality and interaction in person.