Behold, the famous ancient Mayan city and archaeological site. It’s been considered one of the seven world wonders by some definitions and consequently gets a healthy busload of tourists by the minute- apparently 1.4 million per year.
Ben and I had been staying in Valladolid, a nearby town, so I was able to catch an early colectivo to the ruins around 8 am and was out of there by 9:30, before most of the hoards, though unfortunately not early enough to beat the heat.
I know people spend hours upon hours in there slowly soaking in every detail, but that’s not really my style. I oohed and ahhed at the major sights, read some signs, had a coconut ice pop, and then waited an agonizing hour an a half in the sun for ride back- not my finest travel moment (there were supposed to be rides every 30 minutes but alas, there were not).
Why the rush? Well, Ben was sick with a fever and I was very worried about him. He is doing much better now- you can read our health/life update below…
Pictured above and below is the most famous part of Chichen Itza, El Castillo, which is the large step-pyramid also know as the Temple of Kukulkan, a feathered serpent god. They’ve found all kinds of treasure inside of it and it has 365 steps, so that probably means something!
But that’s not all! Chichen Itza also has many other interesting ruins, like hundreds of columns that once supported massive halls, smaller temples, and a sinking green sacred cenote, where human sacrifices went down.
Possibly Kulkulkan in the flesh. He was nice enough to pause for a photo.
I am mainly including this terrible selfie because of how impressive my frizz is.
About a week ago, Ben and I flew back to Boulder. Ben got really sick in Mexico, probably a combo of something he ate plus a bad Crohn’s flair. We took it easy for a week and he saw a doctor in Tulum, but his symptoms worsened, so we decided it was best to fly home so he could get well. Fortunately, he is sooo much better now, but now I am sick (full body rash, joint and muscle ache, sore throat, the works). Yesterday I got tested yesterday for Zika and West Nile virus… but it’s possible I have neither. Fingers crossed! I won’t get results for a week or two.
As far as our trip is concerned, we have decided to stay put for a few weeks to recover completely. Health is the most important thing. At this point, I do not think we will be able to pick up where we left off, but I’m sure this doesn’t mean the end of our adventures.
Thanks for reading along and I hope to have better news next time I post!