Coba and Chichen Itza.

On Saturday, we drove to Coba and climbed the highest Mayan Pyramid in the Yutacan. It is 120 uneven steps up and 42 meters tall. We paid a man to drive us around the area with his taxi bike and it was great fun.

The pyramid is impressive. Stephen and Henry bounced up to the top together. I’m not great with heights or uneven steps since I had surgery on my eye which means that I now have double vision.  So, I took a little longer. Not as long as some mind you. It is an impressive view when you get up to the top, all you can see is green, green, green jungle.

Unfortunately, there was some cult going up at the same time as us and they took up most of the space at the top and started to all chant together. I thought it was a suicide group ready to jump off but luckily it wasn’t.

We walked through the other ruins as well and it was a lovely day out.

At the base of the pyramid in Chichen itza.
At the base of the pyramid in Coba.
Stephen and Henry at the top. 120 steps up!
Stephen and Henry at the top. 120 steps up!
It was really uneven and slippy to walk up and down. Some people really struggled. But Stephen and Henry just bounced.
It was really uneven and slippy to walk up and down. Some people really struggled. But Stephen and Henry just bounced.
The view at the top. Amazing.
The view at the top. Amazing.

It is a loooong way down
It is a loooong way down
Will they or wont they jump, that is the question.
Will they or wont they jump, that is the question.

Later we drove on to our hotel in Chichen Itza which is a different area with Mayan ruins. Stephen had ordered a room that looked out over the grounds and it certainly did. We had a swim in the pool and then dinner. As it is the rainy season in Mexico at this time it started to pour down just as we arrived. We knew this when we booked our ticket around the world but you can’t have excellent weather wherever you go.  Stephen and Henry still managed to have a swim. As Henry said we are going to get wet in the pool anyway.  

The next morning, we got up early to beat all the tourist, and we did. We got some great pictures of the ruins without nearly anybody in them. These ones you can’t climb because someone fell down the steps a few years back and died. But we had a lovely walk around the grounds and we saw everything we wanted to see.

 We got back to our room, checked out and went to have some lunch before heading to our airport hotel. We had just sat down and ordered when the skies opened again. It poured! But the waiter was so nice, he arranged three different parasols around us so we didn’t get too wet. It was quite nice sitting there seeing all the rain in the jungle. And by the time our lunch was ready it stopped raining.

I must say that the Mayan people is by far the friendliest people I have ever meet. They have been running around sorting things out, always smiling, always happy to help. And the hotel we stayed at, the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows was really beautiful.

 We then drove to the airport hotel, had a really bad Burger King for dinner and set our alarm for 05.15 in the morning.

mid jump. Trying to keep Henry entertained all the way around. The trick is lots of jumps of things and races from places to other places.
mid jump. Trying to keep Henry entertained all the way around. The trick is lots of jumps of things and races from places to other places.
This is our taxi around the sites. It was a huge area and Henry is not too happy with walking so I think it was a wise decition.
This is our taxi around the sites. It was a huge area and Henry is not too happy with walking so I think it was a wise decision.
Stephen, Henry and Babbab in front of one of the pyramids.
Stephen, Henry and Babbab in front of the pyramid at Chichen Itza.
Stephen chases birds everywhere we go. He tried so hard to catch this one.
Stephen chases birds everywhere we go. He tried so hard to catch this one.

My boys
My boys
This is the view from our room.
This is the view from our room.
Another bird...
Another bird….
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