Endless Traveler (E.T.) has been traveling since September, 2011. The only thing he has ever wanted in his little life is to visit the Mayan ruins. Since he left on his trip, E.T. has traveled over 34,100 kilometers! We met him in Madrid, Spain. Since we knew we’d eventually be heading to the Mayan ruins in Mexico (it was one of our bucket list items when we started this trip), we figured he might want to hitchhike with us for awhile.
Since he was coming with us, E.T. was able to visit the Moai on Easter Island, Chile:
And laze on the beach with a cold mug of beer in Costa Rica:
He was getting antsy to visit the ruins, though. Finally, the day came and we all trekked down to Chichen Itza to visit the famous ruins. He was really excited and wanted a lot of pictures of himself.
He insisted on doing a silly pose with a historic ruin which is one of the things I usually make fun of tourists for. I made an exception for him, though, since he’s traveled so far.
The ball courts were a highlight. Imagine all of the battles and bloodshed that took place here!
He got a little excited and tried to fly through the hoop but it was too far away.
The jaguar statues were especially impressive.
One of the highlights of the complex is the platform of skulls. Talk about creepy and cool!
Here’s something we weren’t really prepared for: there are a ton of vendors throughout the complex. They were selling jaguar noise-makers so all the vendors would do their best to surprise (and tempt) the tourists. It was like being in a horror movie and got pretty tiring. There were a lot of souvenirs to choose from, though.
There were a ton of people wandering around the ruins on the day we went.
It’s always important to read the plaques when you visit a new site. It’s especially important when you tour on your own and opt out of the pricey tour groups, like we all did.
Chichen Itza is a UNESCO site and was also voted one of the “new seven wonders of the world” which is pretty exciting.
After a long, hot day, it was important to refuel. We decided to treat E.T. to lunch at the official restaurant of Chichen Itza. They even gave us a free appetizer for visiting.
Most important step when you’re done with a tour? Re-hydrating with daiquiris!
The tacos were amazing and E.T. was really pleased to try them out.
Right as our bus was scheduled to pull up, it started to thunder and pour. We had to run for the bus but, luckily, we made it and settled in for the three-hour ride back to Cancun.
After such an exciting trip, we decided it was time to part ways with E.T. We’ve had a great time with him but he should stay in Mexico to view some other ruins and we’re leaving next week. We left him chillin’ in a sports bar in Playa del Carmen (geocache GC3JXZ4, if you want to pick him up) for the next lucky traveler to find.
Bon voyage, E.T. Safe travels!
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