Outside the ship in the Progresso port. We had just returned from Chichen Itza
An old church (as seen from the bus) made out of some of the stones from the original Chichen Itza site
Old Catholic church outside the ruins at Chichen Itza
Amazed that my camera took such clear pictures from a moving bus.
Random building on road to Chichen Itza
Club in the bus driver's window. Must be for protection...a little unnerving, but we survived.
Keiana bought a hat :)
An iguana hanging out
More Mayan carvings...I must look up what all this stuff represents.
The pyramid at Chichen Itza. If you clap you can hear a bird-like call repeat. We weren't allowed to climb it, but it was totally awesome.
More ruins at Chichen Itza
Continuing pan of the ruins at Chichen Itza
It's like you're there turning around with me.
The backside of the ball court at Chichen Itza
The main pyramid. The top is slightly off center from this side, but it perfectly matched up on the north side. I am listening to our guide Armaldo explain the history of the site.
Luckily we got there early before most of the tourists arrived. It was very nice to not have to fight the crowds.
The carving outside the ball court. I think that is supposed to be a carved jaguar. The back wall is full of carvings that at one time were painted vibrant colors.
Entrance to the ball court
Vendors selling handmade carvings of Mayan gods. I was good in the God department, so said no thanks.
What the back wall carvings most likely looked like at the height of the Mayan civilization
Carving...I don't read Mayan.
More carvings...this one has Mayans in head dresses. There are different carvings with different styles of headdress bearing striking similarities to different civilizations all around the world. Weird.
Serpent head guarding entrance to ball court. They were big on snakes too..
Carvings on wall of ball court.
Keiana at the ball court.
The hoop is way up in the air. The goal is similar to soccer in the players weren't allowed to touch the ball and had to hit a 4-6lb ball through the tiny hole on either side. I think they said it was a team sport and the captain of the winning team got his head cut off and sacrificed to help make it rain.
That's how high the goal was. on the top were the referee spot.
Carving depicting the winner getting decapitated and serpents coming out of the body (honoring the serpent god who was in charge of making it rain)
Where the priests sat to watch the ball game.
The other end of the ball court...plus the other people on the tour.
Skull carving of the winner (post decapitation)
Can you see it? Skull in ball on left. Body without head, spewing snakes on right.
Tiny target. I think I would have been glad not to be very athletic.
The backside of the ball court where the fans would walk up. It is under construction. Not the snake head and body going all the way down.
Snake body ends at the ground, with bird feathers coming out of the tail. It's complicated.
Phil at the snake tail
Iguana on the rocks. (Not a drink, seriously just an iguana on the rocks)
Iguanas like tortilla pieces.
Eagle eating a snake and warriors getting ready for ball court. This may be something with the sacrifice area. Like I said there was a lot of information to take in...
Keiana at Chichen Itza
Phil acting goofy at Chichen Itza
The market place...a thousand columns once held up a concrete roof.
More archeological activity going on
Archeological work on the east side of the big pyramid at Chichen Itza
Posing by a pyramid.
Explanation of the next few pictures you're about to see of the sinkhole/water well.
Part of the original road that the Maya built to go to the water well and other Mayan sites.
I have no idea what these are for, but they looked cool, so I took a picture.
More archeological activity, rebuilding the exterior wall of Chichen Itza.
The boat docked and waiting for us when we returned from Chichen Itza. The Fantasy sails from New Orleans and was our constant companion on this trip.
Keiana and the Boat.
Thanks to the nice lady who volunteered to take our picture.
Getting ready to get back on board the ship.
The window to our cabin.