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Chichen Itza Ruins - Yucatan Mexico
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Feb 7, 2018 23:38:39   #
Ike Gittlen
 
from the serpents head looking up


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Feb 7, 2018 23:48:51   #
df61743
 
Good shot of El Castillo. Climbing those steeps steps was an bit of an adventure when I was there years ago. It's my understanding that they no longer allow tourists to ascend them.

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Feb 8, 2018 01:01:35   #
Mike D.
 
I hope you have kore Ike. The last time I was there mu camera was a 2.1 mp Kodak DC 290.

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Feb 8, 2018 01:18:55   #
GalaxyCat
 
I saw those ruins also, in 1990. They were fascinating, including the sports ball court, with the mural that was very interesting. Too bad we know so little about the Mayan culture. To people who criticize the frontiers men who got rid of all the native American people's culture, let it be known that Alexander the Great burned the Egyptian Library to the ground. All the knowledge of Antiquity that is gone forever. It is tragic.

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Feb 8, 2018 03:49:11   #
df61743
 
A few interesting tidbits about that pyramid... There are 365 steps, one for each day of the year. The four faces are oriented precisely, so that at the equinox's, a play of light and shadow creates the appearance of a snake, a feathered serpent, that gradually undulates down the front stairway, matching up with the head at the base of the pyramid.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymRgLITylz0



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Feb 8, 2018 05:59:12   #
steve49 (a regular here)
 
cool place.
was there years ago when you could climb to the top...
love the ancient places.

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Feb 8, 2018 08:43:26   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Great shot!

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Feb 8, 2018 09:32:16   #
AzPicLady (a regular here)
 
I think I'm glad that you can no longer climb it. I would want to and I just can't! My recent visit to Palenque was a real eye-opener to my current limitations! Nice pictures. Did you go with a group or just go? Was it hard to get pictures sans people?

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Feb 8, 2018 10:55:44   #
d3200prime (a regular here)
 
An interesting and unique bit of trivia. Thanks!

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Feb 8, 2018 23:48:11   #
Ike Gittlen
 
hard to get pics without people in the way. big crowds. succeeded in this one by hanging the camera over the restraint line. I'd have loved to have gotten a good shot of the ball field, but it was way overcrowded. Some posted how they used to be able to climb the steps. we were told at one time you could go inside and see the pyramid inside, but that's now closed. Yesterday they posted that a new exploration of a water cave inside the pyramid has started that they believe is a burial chamber. Got some great pics, but tough to get a unique one. Thanks to all who posted.

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Feb 9, 2018 17:13:33   #
polyman
 
Was there last fall, all the vendors along the pathways spoil the effect. Still very impressive though.

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Feb 18, 2018 17:58:15   #
topcat (a regular here)
 
Very nice

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Feb 18, 2018 18:50:57   #
lensbaby007 (a regular here)
 
Great shot, I really like the perspective.

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Mar 24, 2018 18:12:20   #
grillmaster5062
 
Nice image.

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Mar 25, 2018 14:31:49   #
Mike D.
 
When people were still allowed to climb the ruins there was a big steel (?) cable running doen the center of each set of steps. Presumably this was to help with sudden-onset vertigo since it appeared much steeper going down.

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