Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Part 2


Chichen-Itza Perhaps, the most famous Mayan complex in Mexico is Chichen-Itza - a large city covering over 80 hectares. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit what is recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is believed that the first Mayan settlement was founded right here in 455 AD. The city quickly developed and expanded, and by the end of the 9th Century it became a strong State, controlling almost all the northern Yucatan territories. In the 10th Century it was taken over by the Toltecs, becoming the capital of these tribes. The influence of Toltec [...]

Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Part 22019-09-15T07:38:23+00:00

Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Part 1


Mexico is a large country divided into a few dozen states. Cancun and Playa del Carmen are located in Quintana-Roo. We decided not to limit ourselves to this region, so we planned a trip to the northern areas of the peninsula and explore the Yucatan state territory. After all, that’s where you can find one of the largest ancient Mayan complexes in Mexico - the city-state Chichen-Itza. History of Valladolid Halfway between Cancun and the ancient Chichen-Itza complex lies a little town called Valladolid. At first glance it may look like yet another provincial town, but it actually has a rich, [...]

Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Part 12019-09-15T07:35:08+00:00

Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Part 2


Tulum Tulum is one of the most prominent archaeological sites in Mexico. Despite its relatively humble size (it’s significantly smaller than the Mayan Chichen Itza site), the settlement is unique in many ways, since it’s practically the only settlement built by the shore. The Mayans preferred to settle farther from the shore and deeper in the jungle. The first settlement in the area was constructed in the 12th Century. By then, the majority of the Mayan settlements were in decline, but Tulum continued to thrive and develop, as it was the only sea port and the largest trade center. This is [...]

Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Part 22020-05-05T16:28:37+00:00

Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Part 1


Cancun’s environs are famous for their unparalleled nature and the number of historical sites related to, first and foremost, the mysterious Maya civilization. We’d dreamt of seeing these ancient Indian sites with our own eyes, so the instant we settled in Cancun, we decided to begin exploring the surrounding areas. Thanks to our rental car we were free to travel the peninsula at our leisure. One of the sites on our list was an archaeological site - Tulum, and Playa del Carmen - a small tourist town located half-way, which tourists often prefer to Cancun. Playa del Carmen: History Playa del [...]

Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Part 12019-09-08T15:03:49+00:00

Cancun. Part 3


Island of Women (Isla Mujeres) Island of Women (Isla Mujeres) is located 13 km east of Cancun. It’s small — 7 km long and about 650 m wide — and very beautiful. It takes about half an hour to reach the island by ferry (there are both private and municipal ones). The island settlement is very little and consists of five quarters. Medina is the main pedestrian street lying along the west coast of the island. That’s where all cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tourist centres are concentrated. The infrastructure of Isla Mujeres is certainly less developed than that [...]

Cancun. Part 32019-09-08T15:28:46+00:00