Your Travel Bucket List
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went on one of our bucket list trips—Cancun and Chichen Itza!
We stayed at the luxurious Excellence Playa Mujeres, easily the best resort we’ve ever stayed at anywhere.
Our tour through Seasons Tours was small, only eight of us with a driver and guide. There’s a new highway from Chichen Itza to Cancun, so the drive was relatively quick (2 to 3 hours). The site sees thousands of visitors every day, so it’s important to get there as early in the day as you can. It’s a large site (4 square miles), but when you’ve got upwards of 4000 people all trying to take the same shots with their cameras, it can feel a bit claustrophobic.
One interesting topic we discussed with our guide was the interpretation of the ball game carvings. It shows one player holding the decapitated head of another player. I’d always heard that the losers of the game were sacrificed, but our guide said no one really knows if the players sacrificed were the losers or the winners. After all, if you’re feeding guests, you don’t serve them the old stringy chicken, you dish up the young, plump one in its prime.
One thing they do know for certain is that the well in the Chichen Itza site had the remains of many people in it. Young and old, men and women, children and adults. Fascinating, scary, and amazing.
What’s on your bucket list of places to see in the world?
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