Back to Mexico.
Chichen Itza, which is famous ruins of Mayan civilization, is located one and half hours by car from Merida.
It flourished from AD4 to AD13.
This is the Kukulcan Pyramid of El Castillo.
It is 24 meters high.
Kukulcan’s head is at the bottom of the stairs.
It represents a large snake which has wings. They say at the time of the solstice the sunlight through the cracks casts a shadow image of Kukulkan.
Chichen Itza has an old part and a new part.
We went to cenotes at Cuzama which is about 1hour by car from Merida.
They said the Yucatan Peninsula is made by limestone, so rivers and mountains are rare.
Cenotes are natural springs which are made by rain water on caves in halls of limestone plateaus.
There are many cenotes all around the area, conected by water veins.
Cenote water is clean because it is filtered by limestone.
The place we went had 3 cenotes.
Horse-drawn carriages took us there.
Nobody was there and the cenote was so beautiful.
That was one of the biggest events for me.
We stayed at two hotels in Merida.
One was Medio Mundo.
It was a colorful nice hotel.
There was a plaza called zocalo in the middle of Merida.
There are many chairs for lovers there.
The dancing people looked very happy.
And the fresh churros were so good.
In Japan sometimes you can eat churros at movie theaters, but they can’t compare to the real thing.
We stayed at Merida in Yucatan Peninsula.
It was a colonial-style and relaxed town.
I liked Merida.
These are the Pyramid of the Sun and a wide road which is called the avenue of death.
That is 4 kilometers long.
The Pyramid of Sun is 65 meters high and is the 3rd biggest in the world.
The Pyramids are awesome.
Teotihuacan is abuout 1 hour by taxi from Mexico city airport.
Teotihuacan is a huge ancient city which existed from 2B.C. to 6B.C.
They say about 200000 people used to live there in its golden age.
The ruins of the city were discovered by Aztecans in about 14A.D.
This is the Pyramid of the Moon which is 46 meters high.