Our one pre-planned land excursion was a trip to see the Mayan city of Chichen Itza. This was an all-day trip leaving from the port of Cozumel early Friday morning and not returning until around 6PM. We took a ferry across to Playa del Carmen and a 2 hour bus trip out to Chichen Itza which is in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
We were worried that the weather might not be good since hurricane Irma was passing by this area of the Caribbean but it turned out pretty well. There were puffy white clouds in the sky making for interesting photography but no rain until we were half-way home on the return trip.
Chichen Itza itself is amazing. Our guided tour gave us so much history and background on the Mayan culture and interesting details about the architecture. One of the neat things they kept demonstrating were the acoustics of the pyramids and other large buildings. They produce echoes to allow the priests and leaders to make announcements and speeches to the people from atop these structures. At the main pyramid – dedicated to the snake-bird god, if you clap your hands, you hear an echo that sounds like a bird.
This was a fabulous trip and our tour guides were fantastic. Thanks to Diego and Hermondo for getting us there and teaching all about the Maya and the history of this site – one of the wonders of the modern world.
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
11mm @ f/16 – 1/500 sec – ISO 200