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Not Your Average Mexico Vacation…

Planning a Mexico vacay, but don’t want to go to the normal places? You are in the right place.

Visiting Cancun

Summa time is right around the corner and you know what that means… okay maybe you don’t, but I’ll tell you. It is time to start planning your Summer vacations! Those of you that follow me on social media know that I frequent Mexico; Out of all the tropical destinations I have been, I LOVE me a good Mexico trip!

Immediately when I say Mexico, the majority of you are begin thinking Cancun. I hear this all the time, but there are sooo many other tourist destinations in Mexico. This beautiful country has much to offer, especially those places not spoken about. You can plan on staying in Cancun, but try to venture out a bit… you’ll be thankful you did!

You’ll want to go here

Chichen Itza is located 2 hours West of Cancun. It is the largest and most accessible Mayan site; full of extensive history and cultural significance.

Normally I am one to do research ahead of time and then go exploring on our own, but this time was different. This was a surprise trip so I had no time to organize my data, so we decided we would join a tour group and get a locals point of view. It isn’t uncommon for us to go on a guided tour group, we do it every so often because it’s a nice change. Someone who is educated on the particular location, offers us an educational trip versus us having to study up on everywhere we plan on going during a lengthy trip … And sometimes that can be overwhelming!

Continue reading below to find out some awesome details on the newest locations added to the 7 Wonders Of The World, Chichen Itza! Don’t worry I won’t give it all away!!

I’d highly recommend not going…

Maybe going the first week of June wasn’t the smartest decision we have ever made; High temps and even higher humidity encouraged us to rush us through the ruins. NOT COOL! It might have put a little pep in our step, but we did a great job making sure not to miss out on anything!

If you have a choice, try planning your visit during Spring or Fall, this is the ideal time to be outdoors walking around. Though, I am aware this is not possible for many as Summer is the popular travel time so don’t worry it’s still fun during this time. I would recommend bringing a few extras and planning it out a bit more, but you’ll still enjoy it just as much!

What To Bring During A Summer Trip Here

  • Sunblock – This is a must! You will not realize how much sun you are getting until the end of the day when you are all burnt up!
  • Water – Okay this isn’t a what to bring, but more like a what to expect to purchase. You’ll be thirsty, very thirsty with the walking and the warm temps so bring some cash and be prepared to buy a few bottles for you and your loved ones.
  • Sunglasses – protect those eyes people! You’ll be walking around outside and with very minimal shade so don’t forget your sunglasses!
  • Baseball Hat/ Sunhat – As a person with blue eyes, sunglasses don’t just cut it. It can get so bright there that I need a baseball cap to block-out some of the
  • Umbrella – For those of you that don’t like wearing hats or just really wanna hide out from the sun, an umbrella might be a good investment. They have sun umbrellas that are super cute!

As I mentioned earlier, there are shady spots throughout the park to hide out for a bit or even sit down and enjoy some food.

For all my History fans out there!

We walked among some of the greatest architectural structures; Mayan stadiums where games and fights were held, temples to worship their gods, and pyramids which are still very much a mystery to us. What a sight to see!! Truly incredible the knowledge the Mayan architects had and the dedication the builders had to create such monumental structures.

One part of our tour that really stood out to me was when the tour guide had us lean up against the wall pictured below. Let me remind you, it was a very HOT day, and to much of my surprise the wall was cold! How is that even possible; direct sun beating down on it all day and it was freaking cold. There isn’t much of an explanation as to why this was, but as you can see in the pictures above we were all a bit bewildered.

 

As you can see Chichen Itza is a beautiful and historical site.

The Chichen-Itza stadium was where a game, similar to soccer, was played. The stadium is lined with engravings that display the rules of their very sacred game. One chant in the center of the stadium will echo up to where the Mayan’s would view the game. To explain the importance of this game to you, there is a carving that shows the leader of the losing game being beheaded. Eeeek! This was no friendly game of soccer.

Fun facts:

Chichen Itza is known as one of the 7 Wonders Of The World and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Multiple locations in Chichen Itza are known for their unusual sounds. If you clap once from one end of the Stadium or ball court, it will create nine echoes in the middle of the court. Whoa, someone was clearly planning ahead.

In Conclusion…

Fallen temples, hidden symbols, massive pyramids, and a culture very few understand. Visiting the Mayan ruins is a must see for any history or cultural enthusiast!! I could return to this place every time I am in Yucatan. I highly recommend checking this place out! Such a fun experience overall! There were people of all ages walking around and enjoying the Mayan ruins.

Xx

Kara Duenas

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