Sunday, April 6, 2008
This is Sunday, and we arrived last night around 11 pm from our ride home from the airport. Our flight was delayed for a couple of hours putting us home later than we were hoping for. All in all it was well worth it though.
My wife and I had never been to Cancun before, so we really didn't know what to expect. We flew down there last Wednesday, and was at our Hotel the Riu Cancun around 1pm. After a brief settling time, we went down to talk to one of the tour guides, and decided to go see the Mayan Ruins Chichen Itza. The ancient pyramids and in a nut shell, "It's well worth the trip"! We left our Hotel at 720am on a bus. Rode to a meeting place, where we changed buses to get on the one that drove us to Chichen Itza. It was about a 2 hour bus ride. We had a continental breakfast on the bus. Before getting to Chichen Itza, we stopped at a place where a big hole in the gound was. The tour guide said we could go swimming there if we wanted too, but my wife and I decided not too. Instead we opted for just taking pictures.
The Yucatan peninsula has no rivers or running water on the surface. Everything is underground. I guess when the Mayan found the big holes where the water was, it was like finding Gold. They stayed there, and built their cities. After the brief time there, we went on to a restaurant, for some lunch which was included in our package on the tour. The local Mayan descendants entertained us with some music and dance. I was able to get in few pictures while they were performing.
When we finally arrived at Chichen Itza, and after our brief tour with the guide which was very educational in learning how these ancient people lived, fought, sacrificed, and then their downfall. The pictures we took are just totally amazing! This trip did exceed our expectations.
The Hotel we stayed at the Riu Cancun I would recommend to anyone wanting to travel there sometime. The food is included in your package. So we went to the buffet everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All you can eat all the time can be rough on a person if your not careful! ;)
The swimming beach is magnificent, the sand if very soft, the air was nice, and the sound of the waves at night from our balcony was hypnotic to the sound. Making sleep very restful. The color of the ocean was turquoise blue.