March 22, 2016
March 22, 2016
Chichen Itza was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s also the largest, most famous and most accessible Mayan site. It’s just 4 hours away from Cancun, so I decided to visit this famous tourist attraction.
I’ve never been much of a fan of museums or typical touristy spots, but the grass in the photos of Chichen Itza looked so cosy and soft that it made me want to work out there. This time I decided also to try something different: I booked my accommodation the night before in a traditional Mayan village called Tinum to feed my curiosity and have an authentic Mayan experience.
My host was an American retired anthropologist who built his dream home in the Mayan village where he was doing his research. I haven’t met someone as passionate as him for a long time. Indeed he made me curious about Mayans and their culture after telling stories and inviting me to dinner with a traditional Indian family. Spending time with the locals was also an extraordinary experience. The curiosity was reciprocal – people were fascinated by my blue eyes and beard, while small children probably didn’t know if I was a human or some kind of ape. My host’s lifestyle was also inspiring – why be retired in your own country when you can move to the place of your dreams and live a much greater standard of life? If you are looking for accommodation close to Chichen Itza, look no further – here is his Airbnb listing. Jose also did me a special favor, but I will write about that in the next post.