Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Chichen – Itza


This holiday season I needed to reconnect with some of my roots and I decided to enjoy the wonders that the Mayan Riviera has to offer in my home country of Mexico.  Poor me.


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 019 Feathered Serpent


One of my favourite moments was when I went to visit the archeological site of Chichen – Itza. 


Chichen-Itza, is now included as one of the new 7 wonders of the world; the Kukulkan Pyramid, is located in the Peninsula of Yucatan, in the Yucatan State; Mexico, between Valladolid and Merida and is just 120 km from Merida or 220 km from the Mayan Riviera.


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 021 The Kulkulkan Pyramid


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 018A happy tourist in my home-land


“The Maya name "Chich'en Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza." This derives from chi', meaning "mouth" or "edge", and ch'e'en, meaning "well." Itzá is the name of an ethnic-lineage mayan  group that gained political and economic dominance of the northern peninsula. The name is believed to derive from the Maya itz, meaning "magic," and (h)á, meaning "water." Itzá in Spanish is often translated as "Brujas del Agua (Witches of Water)" but a more precise translation would be Magicians of Water.”– Wikipedia.


I was so inspired by this anthropologic site that I took several shots that I would like to share with you.


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 030 The Thousand Columns


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 046 Temple of the Warriors


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 061Great Ball Court


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 065 Sacred Box Seat of the Great Ball Court


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 067Sacred Box Seat


Mexico 2010 Ivan & Jeff 057 Sacred Cenote of Chichen – Itza


There is a funny anecdote about this “Cenote”.  When I was a handsome high school student, one of my best friends used to make fun of me saying that the colour of my eyes were as green as the waters of Sacred Cenote of Chichen – Itza.  And to my surprise, now that I have seen it, the murky waters where indeed the colour of my beautiful green eyes.


World famous British singer, composer and pianist Sir Elton John will be performing a unique concert at Chichen - Itza on the 3rd of April of 2010.  A concert I would love to see.



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exhibit-v - Efren Quiroz said...

Very nice Ivan,great pics ! It looks like the weather was sunny and warm !!!

Unknown said...

Hi Ivan
Your holiday site looks magical and you still have the 'Sacred Cenote of Chichen – Itza' green sparkle in your eyes even though you are no longer a high school student you are still very handsome. How nice that you finally got to see this special place.

qerat said...

I have always read about ancient civilizations but i particularly love ancient Egypt and the Mayan and Aztec history. I have always wanted to see Chichen-Itza which I should have done when I lived closer in LA. Beautiful pictures Ivan, which except for the pyramid I have not seen before. Thanks for sharing and taking us on this quick tour.

Michelle said...

I have seen Elton John, but can only imagine what it would be like to see him there!! Stunning pics my do look like a tourist!!


Echito said...

I'm so glad you ejoyed your holiday filled with culture from your homelands, it's always good to have a mini escape over the holidays :)

Brillante Interiors said...

Mexico is one of my favorite countries and I went once to Uxmal, absolutely breathtaking even if I did not dare to ascend the Pyramids. Chichen-Itza is much more grand and I shall visit next time. When I was in Tulum I had a magic spiritual moment of total connection with the universe. Thanks for the memories through your great pictures.

Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations said...

Wow it must be awesome to stand there in the midst of such history, not to mention design inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Fargerike Dagny said...

Wow, thank you for sharing! Mexico has such interesting history and architecture. It's definitely in my list of places to see!

Niche Interiors said...

I visited Chichen Itza about 10 years ago and the trip made a big impression on me. Your photos are much better than mine, thanks for sharing!