Day 321: November 17

On Monday, Kevin and I took a day trip to Chichen-Itza, a Mayan city that is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. This photo is of El Castillo, which is what most likely comes to mind when you hear “Chichen – Itza.” It is also known as the Temple of Kukulkan, the namesake being the Yucatec Maya Feathered Serpent God. There is a lot of meaning to the way El Castillo was built – for example, there are 4 sides and every center staircase contains 91 steps, which is representative of days in a season. The total number of steps (91 x 4) = 364, but with the addition of the top platform, simple math gets you to 365, or, the number of days in a year.  There’s a lot to Mayan astronomy and much information can be found online – or by visiting Chichen – Itza yourself!

Even a November 17 visit awarded us hot, hot, hot temperatures. You are removed from the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico and what is left is all the heat without any sea breeze! I would not suggest visiting in the summer.

 

Chichen Itza

 

 

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