091 - 12th February 2006 - Cancun


Before the haircut


Cancun by night


The Golf Course we were staying by


The Mexicans enjoying the water


Roundabout sculpture in downtown Cancun


Trees with socks on


Downtown Cancun back street


And a side street


More of the golf course


Chris at the Mayan 'Village'


The restaurant at the village


The shops


Making cartouches


A wall of plates for sale


Chris in a hammock - comfy!


The Castle Pyramid


Pancho - Our Tour Guide


Bird that joined us at lunch


Nice flower on a tree - We don't know what it was unfortunately


A Funerary Structure -


Chris at a Mayan place of Worship


The corner


Chris at the “House of the Grinding Stones”


This used to be on top of the pyramid with 15 others


More of El Osario


More Mayan Constructions


The observatory - The Mayans were skiled astronomers


Looking across to another amazing structure


The Castle - Seen from the Observatory


Chris at Chichen Itza


A Temple


And the carvings on the side


The Nunnery


Big nosed gods carved onto the Nunnery


Mayan building


The Castle - You can't climb it any more but at least people don't get in the way of a good photo


Mayan constructions were built with small jagged stones cemented together and covered with a facade of thin stone slabs - As seen here


On of the targets in the Mayan games


The actual playing area is only a small section in the middle of a huge field. The rest was reserved for spectators


The Castle from the arena


This carving shows the blood of the victorious giving new life to the earth.


Close up of the target


Tiger statue


Mayan carvings


Mayan carvings


These show an eagle and a tiger feasting on human hearts - The Mayans believed in human sacrifice.


You can still see some of the original Mayan pigments - Blue, Green and Red


Carvings on the edge of the Mausoleum - A touch on the morbid side


Mayan Platform


The Serpent's head at the bottom of the Castle


Every year on the summer solstice a shadow is cast along the side of these steps in the form of a snake.


The climb that people faced to reach the top.


Looking up at a sacrificial temple


The temple of a thousand pillars


Chris at the temple


In fact there are 584 pillars - the same number of days as it takes Venus to orbit the sun.


Even the Mayans played Noughts and Crosses


Pip at the temple of a thousand pillars


Chichen Itza is still quite well surrounded by trees and bushes


Big Nosed God


Two Gods - Without their noses


The back of the Temple of a Thousand Pillars


Looking through the trees at the pillars


A small hut


The site is huge - This is the map


Looking across at the observatory