YUCATAN PENINSULA (Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013)

Remains from a mysteriously vanished civilization and a Mayan prophecy predicting the end of the world--who could pass up being in the Yucatan to witness them both?

We fly into Cancun to meet our group. We're on a three-week tour of the Yucatan Peninsula along with Guatemala and Belize. I've been to Guatemala before but this is H's first visit to the region.

We start our tour with a visit to Chichen Itza, one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. Chichen Itza (color and black & white) was one of the largest Mayan cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. It is now filled with tourists and souvenir sellers luring prospective customers in with items offered from one dollar. Once lured in, they reveal it's one Mayan dollar, which is about 220 Pesos (or 18 dollars).

After a late lunch, we rush to collect our luggage from an on-site storage area and catch our local bus to Merida, our stop for the next two nights.


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