When I planned my week in Mérida several years ago, high on my list of things to do was to see the Chichen Itza ruins. Those amazing Mayan temples had long been on my radar. There’s something about the architectural style of ancient Mesoamerica that has long spoken to me. There’s just something exotic and mysterious about the ancient ruins of Mexico, don’t you think?
I’m sure the Chichen Itza ruins are a highlight for many visiting Cancun and Playa del Carmen, as well as those of us who decide to center our visits to the Yucatan on Mérida. There are a lot of Mayan ruins to see but the Chichen Itza ruins seem to get the lion’s share of attention. In fact, a few years ago, Chichen Itza was one of the winners of a contest to pick the modern day wonders of the world.
It was a hot May morning when I boarded a bus from Mérida to finally see the Chichen Itza ruins in person. I may have sweated out my body weight in water, but every moment of it was worth it. The temple to Kukulkan, or El Castillo, seen in the distance in this print was an absolutely stunning sight to me. There was something about the stairs on those ruins contrasted with the smaller temple in the foreground that really captured my attention and as this is one of my more popular Chichen Itza ruins prints, it seems I’m not alone. It’s a great feel for the architecture there.
I’ve heard from others over the years since who purchased this print that when they visited Chichen Itza, not only was the inside of the temple open to visitors, tourists could still climb to the top of El Castillo as well. I respect the need to protect the ruins but I am so sorry to have missed that chance. I have since gotten to climb other Mayan and Mesoamerican ruins and it’s an amazing feeling to gaze down from where the priests and rulers of those ancient cities must have stood.
Have you visited the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico? Perhaps you climbed to the top and looked out at the ancient Mayan architecture? I would love to hear what you find most striking about this Mayan print?