Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chichen Itza and Ik Kil

About a month ago I made my way out to Chicen Itza with some friends visiting from Austria. I honestly have no idea how many times I have been to the site... but I would venture to say at least 50 easy. Still, despite the vendors and other annoyances the splendor of the site always shines through for me. Its easy to be a bit cynical about Chichen Itza... but then again, it truly is a magnificent place. In any case, once we finished up in Chichen Itza we made our way to the Ik Kil cenote. I had been to Ik Kil about 15 years ago, so when I arrived and saw the way it had been transformed in to a resort style park... I was shocked. Back when I had visited in the late 90s there was only a small hut and a few mestizas selling cochinita cooked on outdoor stone stoves... now you have several different restaurants, changing rooms, hotel rooms. Quite a change. In any case, what I was really interested in were the archaeological remains on the grounds of the complex. About four different structures are visable without venturing out to far. Though the archaeological remains are of course modest when compared to nearby Chichen Itza, they are interesting none the less. Hope you enjoy the photos!

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