I had signed up for a bus tour from the Mayan Riviera to Chichén Itzá. On enquiry, I was told we would have a minimum of two hours to spend at the site. Sorry, folks, but this would not allow much time for shopping.
Chichén is a site dating from three broad periods of time. The northern zone (possibly) dates from 925 to 1250 CE, and this is the area recommended for exploring as a priority on arrival. The central group, with fewer attractions numerically, is blessed with the Puuc and a bit of Chenes architecture and dates from 800 CE. To the south of the Nunnery, and reached by sacbé 7, except we tourists are not allowed to go there, is Chichén Viejo. In this latter area, dating say from 500 CE, is the Group of the Initial Series. 230 metres west of this is the Group of the Southwest with a Castillo hidden by jungle. The former, i.e. Initial Series, was restored in 2008 with the intent of making it available for viewing, but I gather there has been a lot of waffling by the authorities. Now, there are only a few photos available on the Internet, and in books, that show the facade of the Temple of the Phalli, the Platform of the Turtle, and the Temple of the Initial Series. If you check Google Earth you can easily locate the cleared area for the southern zone. I will refer to it only this once in any future uploads, but I for one would have liked to have been permitted to photograph there.
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