I love getting up early. When we stay in a hotel we are more likely to hang about and laze around in bed longer than when we camp. My favourite time of day is 5am and I generally am up at that time when we camp. I love it because the day smells and looks so clean and fresh and while most people are still slumbering away it means I get to have 5am all to myself.
We packed up and headed to a nearby Oxxo for a morning yoghurt drink before racing the couple of km’s down the road. We were only a few cars from the front and after paying the exorbitant parking fee of $30peso, which was the same as for a car load of people, we parked up in our own bays and headed for the ticket booths.
I was surprised at the amount of people already pouring into the place! Buses were pulling in and just disgorging hordes and hordes of tourists. Craziness!
Soon though we were through the gates and standing in front of a massive pyramid.
Chichen Itza is one of the seven man made wonders of the world, and it is easy to see why people flock here in droves. The impressive main structure towers imposingly above the crowds that clap around its base. I could almost see the high priests from way back in the day tossing severed heads down its insanely steep steps.
Apparently a few years back a lady was climbing the big pyramid when she slipped and fell down the steps to her death. Since then all the ruins have been closed off to tourist foot traffic. Im not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I wanted to see the place from the top of the pyramid, but also its nice that these places aren’t covered in people.
We wandered around for a while and eventually found our way back to the main gate. Inside the ruins on every path there were hundreds of vendors setting up to sell tourist tat. They were selling everything from sombreros to phallic shaped smoking implements. All way overpriced of course! So I bought Mabel a mini sombrero, because she had been wanting one for ages.
Back on the bikes we headed up the road to the next town of Vallodalid and tonights stop. A mere 50km’s away. Both of us are becoming a little bored and frustrated with the fact that we are basically killing time while we wait for this part to arrive. I had bought and paid for the thing while Chantelle was in hospital, only to find out a few days later that the vendor didn’t actually have any stock and that it would be a week before he did. To be fair he did offer me a full refund, but I need this part one way or another anyway.
Once we had checked into our hotel we had a bit of a laze around and a short wander into the city centre. There wasn’t much going on here so we bought a couple of drinks and retired to our room for the night. We are thinking we might head north to the coast and follow it east and around past Cancun and then south to Tulum where our part is headed.