We took off early in the morning, from the resort in Playacar. We got a little coffee & tea stop on the way there and arrived to the Ruins on time. We got our local mayan guide, Fernando, waiting for us at the parking lot, he had already bought our entrance tickets to the Unesco's World Heritage Site! So we went inside, no lines, no waiting just beautiful! Free time to take pictures, also Fernando gave us a very detailed explanation about the Mayan Culture, his mayan background and we could ask any question we wanted directly to him as he spoke 3 languages including English, of course!
All I can remember is being amazed by all the surrounding temples! It was a huge city of the Mayan! The largest ball game ever found is also here, we learned how the Mayans used to play this brave game as a ritual, using elbows and hips only! Wow! Seriously? We were amazed also by the Echoes and Acoustics of Chichen Itza... you will be surprised as well!
Kukulkan Temple, Temple of the Warriors and the Thousand Columns, The Observatory and the list continues... so interesting! For us was time to do a little walk to go souvenir shopping on site before heading to the Mexican restaurant and the Cenote! I have to say on the way out we saw the main entrance so crowded! Hundreds of people going in at the same time, big lines, noisy... but for us: Perfect timing! Our private tour guides kept us way ahead of the rest of the tour companies!
Back in the A/C Van we drove 10 minutes away to get to the Mexican Restaurant, where lovely local ladies were dressed up with typical local clothes and colorful dresses! They looked so beautiful! The food was a perfect mix of Mayan and Mexican cuisine, a clean buffet with salads, beef fajitas, battered fish, pork chops, chicken, pasta and even sweets were included. We only paid for our beverages (water, white wine and beer) and tipped the waiters, lovely food and staff.
We had free time to go swimming in the huge Cenote Ik Kil, It was truly an experience we could only do in The Yucatan. Freshwater natural pool to cool down after a walking morning, just hit the spot!
On the way back we were asked if we wanted to see the Colonial Town of Valladolid and we were pleased we did a 20 minute visit to this lovely town. It used to be a Mayan city back in the 1500's but the Conquistadores destroyed the Mayan temples in order to build a Spanish city on top of the ancient city of the local people. It is truly a good place to take pics, buy ice cream and drive back to the coast... we arrived safe and sound to the resort before 5pm... Just the Perfect Day We all wanted to have!