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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is an iconic Mayan city, the most famous of all Mayan ruins on Yukatan peninsula. Not only it is a very scientifically important sight, it is very popular with tourists. Having wonderful friends giving tips on making our trip perfect (and honestly, it worked like a charm), we visited Chichen Itza early. I don't only mean coming at the opening time but also it was our third day in the country (counting with arrival day, which was mostly evening for us). Being a very popular tourist attraction there are many people there literally all the time. It steals some charm so it's better to face audience when you are only getting a hold of historic tourism. Each and every other sight we visited (and we also visited Coba, Muyil and Tulum as well, I'll tell you all about it later on) was way more quiet and private, most of the time we felt alone with the stones (it is incredible!). Also Chichen Itza has built in market. I still don't know how I feel about it: partly it's distracting, partly charming and definitely noisy. Good news is this market offers good prices so you can feel free to bargain and get your souvenirs cheap and in between of looking at the ruined temples. I think being that populated and that famous makes Chichen Itza less impressive for many tourists, you might feel disappointed waiting for something with more magic. That is way we've been very grateful to our friends who pointed it out prior our trip. So we went there early making Chichen Itza not clouded with other impressions and didn't expect a miracle. And we loved it there. 
  
 
Also we've noticed a part with observatory is way less crowed in Chichen Itza, you might want to go there if you feel tired of too many people around or take better photos. Surely the photos I show here don't do the historical sight justice. We did our best to take photos without other people. We chose spots we find better for it. And after all, seeing it with your own eyes makes the whole experience more vivid and proper than any photo or video can ever dare to give. However I am definitely posting the photos of it anyway.
And last but not least. My travel outfit. I wore shorts made from my transforming pants (tons can be found in Decathlon or similar places, check out hiking pants). These pants/shorts is probably the best travel purchase I ever made, so handy, comfy and save up tons of luggage space especially if you travel from cold to warmth. I find baseball cap a necessity for active outdoor strolling. It helps you to protect yourself from the sun, occasional rain and other small inconveniences like small parts of the trees in your hair (might not be an issue if you have straight hair like I do but could be very uncomfortable with curls). I go with flip flops almost everywhere but I did wear sneakers to different ruins where I could climb up for more stability. Sunglasses are very useful too, after all you can't wait for sun to be proprly positioned to enjoy the views). A comfy backpack is not a burden for me too. It helps me to hold water, camera case and camera accessories, sunscreen (don't forget to reapply it ever so often), spare masks, sanitizer,  a snack or extra clothes if needed (for example swim suits for cenotes to relax and enjoy yourselves after the sightseeing; Tip: leave it in the car if you rent one, you can't use it in Chichen Itza, the cenote is present there but is not open for you to interact with). You don't see it on photos but you are required to wear mask at all times in historic sights of Mexico. I took it off for a quick photo only. (and it makes perfect sense in Chitchen Itza since it's very crowded and you need to be extra careful)


I was wearing:
Befree llama yoga top
Fila Flip Flops
shorts (also pants) and backpack from decathlon

 

Have a nice day,
Lyosha

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Comments

  1. I love visiting and learning histories from historical places like this. It's amazing how they restored places like this from a hundred years ago. I also love your outfit here!

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  2. Oh I cannot wait to start travelling again. This place looks wonderful and I love your travel outfit.

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  3. It is always wonderful visiting historic places , Chichen Itza the Mayan city seems wonderful , it must be fascinating to visit all the ruins and reflect on all that must have happened in the historic past.

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  4. It is always so wild to me how long historical sites have been around and it really makes me wonder how life was at the time when these buildings were first built. Also I absolutely love your outfit!

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    1. me too! I always wonder how they lived, what it looked like when it was up and running. I wish we had a time machine to watch the past like movies (no need to be able to interact with it)

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  5. Chichen Itza is one of my favourite places and heritage across the world and thanks a lot for sharing with us your experience and great adventure! I miss that place and would love to visit there again.

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  6. Chichen Itza definitely seems an interesting place to visit. This is the first time I head about this and thanks for recommending. The choice of clothes are definitely apt for the kind of travel and thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. I really wish I can resume my travelling around freely, on flight, ride train , thanks for this travel story to ease my miss of travelling. I love culture & heritage sites too. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing

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  8. Yes, I would love to visit this historical place. It looks so amazing!

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  9. What a fun place to visit, there's so much history to soak in! I'm jealous of your travels!

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  10. What a great adventure! How's travel restrictions?

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    1. pretty average. Masking all the way, sanitizing hands is mandatory when entering whatever, some place also have a sanitizer filled mat for you to step on in shoes. they didn't ask for additional test for all arriving passengers (there might be random tests though) but you have to fill in the form online right before your flight both ways.

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  11. This is a great place to visit on your travels. I wasn't aware they had a market there. I'd brave the hustle and bustle to go take a look.

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  12. It must have been so much fun visiting and getting cool bargains at the market.

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  13. I think the Mayans are super interesting, and it also looks like a nice place to visit

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  14. I am really hoping to get to Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula in mid 2022 and exploring Chichen Itza is something my fiance and I are definitely interested in doing. Love your tip about getting there early to avoid the crowds and I certainly hope the COVID situation has improved by then. You take great photos and as usual wear cool outfits for your travels.

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    1. I hope you will love it there! by the way, you might want to several masks with you because despite my photos you have to wear a mask at all times at least for now. same goes for town/city streets

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  15. Take me there now...I've never seen Mayan ruins in person, just fascinating...Mexico is next...

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  16. That is so cool. I've always wanted to see the Mayan ruins in person. There is something about historical sites like this that instantly draw me in. When my husband and I travel, we usually gravitate to places like this, learning about the history of each place that we go.

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  17. I love visiting Historic places. So much things you can learn from them by just being there.

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  18. I can see it has a historical place and the pictures looks amazing with the clean and pretty sky.

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  19. This looks like an amazing trip! I'm with you on sunglasses being a necessity. I never leave home without mine. The pants/shorts transformer combo sound interesting. That would be something I'll have to look into for my husband. He could definitely use those.

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  20. Loved reading about this trip! I need to go here and see if for myself. I think that your pictures were lovely!

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  21. What a really lovely trip. I never heard about Chitchen Itza, thanks for letting me know about this amazing place!

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  22. Historic places such as this one fascinate me so much. I love to read and learn about the stories behind them. Great pics!

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  23. I loved my visit too so interesting!

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  24. It's nice that you were able to visit. I have always been fascinated with the Mayan civilization so this is a thrill to see one of the remains.

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  25. What an interesting place. With it being JAN 1st I was just thinking of the Mayan calendar and then I came across your blog post! So much history affecting us still today! LOVE your outfit as per!

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