World Heritage Site

Mexico: Chichen Itza and Ik Kil

Here’s the one you guys were waiting for:  Chichen Itza.

As soon as we told folks we were going to the Yucatan, people wanted to know two things:

“Are you going to stay on the Riviera Maya?”

“Are you going to see Chichen Itza?”

I can happily say that the answers to both of those questions were yes.

I can’t lie, the site is impressive in person.

Surrounded by level grass on all sides, El Castillo towers over the rest of the archaeological zone.  You immediately feel the awe of the site when you step beneath its shadow.

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Mexico: Muyil and the Sian Ka’an

Between tacos in Tulum, we had our first opportunity to really explore the beautiful Yucatan peninsula.  Just a few miles south of the beachside town lies the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve.

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Floating through a canal carved by the Mayans to facilitate trade between the coast and the inland settlements.  Who said learning couldn’t be relaxing?

Designated a world heritage site in 1987, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve hugs the gorgeous Caribbean coastline on the Yucatan’s east coast.  We didn’t have time to fully explore the Reserve, but we were able to do small trip into some of the lagoons and float through a canal carved by the Mayans.  I’ll explain below..

But before we got to the Sian Ka’an, we had the opportunity to explore the Muyil archaeological zone, just off highway 307, south of Tulum.

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Peru: Machu Picchu

When I told people I was planning a trip to Peru, the next question was inevitably, “Are you going to Machu Picchu?” Or for some:  “There’s that famous mountain with all the ruins on it in Peru, right?”

Well OF COURSE I’m going to Machu Picchu!  It’s only one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, one of Peru’s (and arguably one of South America’s/the world’s) most well known ancient sites, it’s surrounded by beautiful rain forests and mountains, and it’s covered in ancient ruins!  Plus, people still don’t quite know what Machu Picchu was for, which is awesome!  I love finding little pockets of mystery that still exist in this hyperconnected world, it keeps your imagination going.

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