The Chichen Itza (also called a chicken pizza) one of the most important Mayan settlements which is now one of the new seven wonders of the world. An impressive site, of the old Mayan town, there are so many buildings amazingly still in a very impressive condition. We spent about 3 hours soaking in the huge site, and photographing everything we could.
This was a stop off between our travels from Merida to Playa del Carmen, and we are so glad we made the effort to see it. Placed in the middle of nowhere making access normally by a planned tour or planned busses. Luckily for us we ended up getting an early morning lift most the way by our host, Raul, to a little village Pisté. Here we ate a Mexican breakfast before hitchhiking the last part with two German guys heading to the same place. Not only that, but they had planned to see two cenotes before continuing there journey in the same direct as we were going. We jumped at the chance and spent the day exploring. So from this being a dream we somehow managed to make it all become reality, a very lucky meeting.
The two cenotes were a perfect combination of sightseeing and cooling down after the heat of the Chichen Itza. They are dotted all over the Yucatan peninsula and are a popular way to cool down in the natural pools. We viewed both the cave and open top cenotes. First, walking down into the cave we were welcomed by the cool air and the view of the crystal blue waters lit by sunlight from a small hole above the pool. We jumped in and and enjoyed the cool fresh waters with the view of this amazing cavern from below. From there we jumped into the car and drove 5 minutes down the road to another cenote. This one was completely different, steep cliff sides with steps leading all the way down into the water. Here we could take the 3 meter jump straight in. The swim was amazing, looking up at the blue sunny skies and swimming through the waterfall, this really was a perfect day. From here we continued our journey to Playa del Carmen and met our next host.