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chichen Itza Kukulkan Pyramid

My trip to Mexico earlier this year was a much needed break away from the UK winter. Staying at a resort an hour and a half away from Cancun, the main activity of this holiday was diving but I managed to fit in some exploring over a couple of the days.

I took a day trip to the Mayan archeological site Chichen Itza, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The main attraction of the site is the Kukulkan Pyramid called 'El Castillo'.

The view of the Pyramid was breathtaking and I felt so blessed to have the opportunity to see something that's over 2000 years old. It's definitely a tick off my bucket list.

It was also great to hear stories of the Mayan people who lived here. One of the most interesting stories had to be about the ball game played by the Mayans for ritual purposes. At a certain time of the year, all regions sent their best players to compete, not for a trophy or a shiny medal, but for the winner to be sacrificed (decapitated) for the Gods. The exact rules of the game is not known but I can guess that there were quite a few of those players that chose to lose on purpose. I know I would've.

P.S. If you're planning a trip to Mexico, be prepared for plenty of Iguanas. I know they're harmless but they really freak me out!

Chichen Itza Kukulkan Pyramid

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Chichen Itza Mexico tree

On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at a small town called Valladolid. It's a quint little place with its parks, houses and narrow streets and colonial era architecture that can be seen on the churches.

We had less than an hour to explore this gem and we used this limited time to see the church on the main square. We grabbed some handmade ice cream from the small shop opposite the church and walked in the park before buying some souvenirs and heading back to our hotel.

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Valladolid frame

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