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
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
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
And the carvings on the side
Big nosed gods carved onto the Nunnery
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
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
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