Thursday 17th April 2014
Another early morning and our third helping of Mayan awesomeness in three days. You may have heard of this place…
Mayan Site #5: Chichén Itzá
While there is some archaeological evidence that indicates Chichén Itzá was at one time looted and sacked, there appears to be greater evidence that it could not have been by Mayapan, at least not when Chichén Itzá was an active urban center. Archaeological data now indicates that Chichen Itza declined as a regional center by 1250 CE, before the rise of Mayapan. Ongoing research at the site of Mayapan may help resolve this chronological conundrum.
If you’re of “a certain age”, you might find the stone structures at the top of this temple’s stairway familiar…!
Back in Piste, Case and I grabbed something to eat and then hopped on the bus to our next destination on the Ruta Maya: the city of Merida!