Chichen Itza – The Mayan voyage part II

Photography, Travel

These are the pictures from our trip to Yucatan in Feb’17. Surprisingly, I still have lots of pictures to edit and share from our trip last year. Thanks to my husband and his meticulous planning, Our honeymoon was a 21-day trip and we visited two countries and multiple locations in each of these countries. Mexico – Mexico city, Tulum, Chichen, Cancun, Costa Rica – Corcovado, San Jose, Arenal…  phew!

Chichen Itza was on our itinerary from the beginning. I love going to places with historic significance; their beauty and intrigue are unmatched and Chichen Itza is a gold mine (figuratively).

Here are a few pictures from our pixel diary.

Edited on Lightroom CC

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For those of you who don’t know, death rituals were an integral part of the Mayan civilization. They respected death, they also feared it and grieved it. Human sacrifices were also an integral part of the Mayan culture, human blood was presented as offerings to the Mayan deities and from what we heard from our guide, Chichen Itza has witnessed many such human sacrifices. Spooky isn’t it?

How many of you have visited the New Wonders of the world? I would love to hear more about your experience.

Let me know if you want to know more about the history of Chichen as told by the locals.

 

 

The Mayan voyage

Photography, Travel

Have you ever stood at a place, closed your eyes and tried to imagine what the particular spot looked like through time? Who roamed these lands before us? Such thoughts are certain to take you on a voyage of discovery. Well, if you are curious enough.

I happen to visit a few spots in Mexico where the Mayans roamed and flourished during their glorious days. These spots are proof of their expertise in art, architecture, commerce, mathematics and astronomical study. These spots were once the hub of commerce and activity with advanced land and sea routes. These spots have once witnessed the Mayan human sacrifices and other bizarre traditions.

Tulum Ruins

Image Courtesy – Locogringo

So, the first spot we went to was the Tulum ruins. It is located on shores of the Carribean sea, about 5 Km (14 minutes) from Tulum city and about 140 Km (1 hour 45 mins) drive from Cancun, Mexico. We flew to Cancun from Mexico City and took a bus to Tulum. These spots thrive on tourism, hence the local public transport system is very tourist friendly. They also accepted US dollars almost everywhere.

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Every Mayan city is built for a specific reason, to fulfill a specific requirement. The city of Tulum is the only city built on the coast becoming the seaport of the Mayan civilization trading several goods like Turquoise, Jade, copper bells, cacao etcetera. Tulum is also one of the only few Mayan cities protected by a limestone wall.

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Tulum

 

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