Merida, Mexico
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
01/11/2001 Hyatt Regency 462 KM 222720 KM

Full moon on Halloween for the first time in 46 yeas!

A sign at Chichen Itza’s visitor area gives a bad rap to the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.

Many “Big Nose Gods” – a term we're sure archaeologists invented – are found among the ruins of Chichen Itza. Look closely for the eye openings and then you'll see the face.

Details of carved stones at one of the numerous Ball Court ruins remaining in Chichen Itza

The Group of the Thousand Columns connects with the Temple of the Warriors. Excavators believe this causeway was covered during Mayan times.

Also in the Main Plaza is the Temple of the Warriors with carved scenes depicting everyday life as well as war.

Climbing El Castillo is difficult and requires good balance, since the steep, stone stairs are very narrow. Atop the pyramid is a temple dedicated to the legendary priest king Kukulcan, who was incarnated as a serpent.

Chichen Itza was the most important city in the Yucatan as the center of Mayan culture, politics and military might from the 10th to the 12th centuries, The photo shows El Castillo (the castle), which stands at 29 meters [98 feet] and dominates the Main Plaza.

1 November 2001 – Only two more months until our 1999-2001 around-the-world exploration will be over. I'll have to cook again! I will not like ordinary days – well, maybe for a week ordinary will be acceptable, but then I fear I'll go mad. There is absolutely nothing like having new people, places and experiences before you daily. Travel is the best addiction, and the more I see, the more I want to know. Now, I fill my days reading about where we are or where we are going. At times, I feel Jim and I are like endless capacity vacuums sucking up as much as we can along the way.

Chichen Itza
  Chichen Itza (Paige)
  Drive to Merida (Jim)