Chichen Itza, City of Warriors

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El Castillo
Chichen Itza is an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula. It's only mid-morning but the day is hot and humid as we reach the entrance to the city. Perhaps it's just the weather, but you feel a weight here, with the history and the events that occurred here. The center of the city is marked by the castle-like Mayan pyramid, but other structures are equally interesting. The Great Ball Court where teams played to a life and death finish, and the Temple of A Thousand Warriors, with its dozens of rows of columns. The pyramid itself is not that high, but once you're on top, the steps that you climbed blend together to form the illusion of a smooth surface. I had to help a German lady down who developed vertigo and anxiety from the illusion. The top of the pyramid is small and crowded with people, and there's little in the way of safety, you could drop off the edge of any of the corners if you're not careful. On leaving the city you experience two emotions: happy to see it, glad to be leaving, especially if your next destination is the beaches on the Caribbean side of the peninsula.
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El Castillo
El Castillo
Map of Chichen Itza
Map of Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
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