When waiting at the super-crowded entry to fetch our tickets and our guide, we knew that there was something fishy with this place.
To start with, none of the visited Mayan sites had sooo many tourist as Chichen Itza (though some of them are as fun, if not more fun than this place), and none of the sites required a local guide to join you on your trip. Literally, you cannot walk on your own at Chichen – you have to have a guide with you even if you are there as a couple (which would be an interesting investment anyway for two), so instead, you would join another bunch of tourist to save quite some sum – and to loose completely the experience of walking around at historic sights on your own pace.
The other downside of a super popular Unesco World Heritage site – in comparison with other awesome Mayan sites – is that you cannot climb up to any pyramids anymore where – unless you are some popular singer shooting some videos here
(damn you JLo).
So, this is what you get at Chichen Itza:
- a guide and a group tour
- herds of other tourist
- walking around at closed of sights (absolutely no climbing anywhere at all)
- herds of Maya marketeers (the whole place is like a big souvenir shop with some famous sights in the background
- not enough time to walk around the whole sight (due to your rushed group visit)
Nonetheless, if you happened to be around, go there, see it, walk around and admire the history and the culture, try not to fall for the marketeers
(or is it only me who don’t believe in the concept of local marketeers in large amount at big popular places??), and make sure to have a loads of water with you – because it might get hot and dusty out there.
Wiki has pretty well-kept information about Chichen Itza that I don’t want to retype (hope you don’t mind, my humble reader), so if you are interested, head for this site, read along before/after browse through the photos below.
(By the way, it was fun though 😉 )