On our vacation to the Mayan Riviera outside Cancun, we decided to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza again. The tour was paid for by Fisher Communications, the company that was sponsoring this week-long getaway, so why not! Once you get past the vendor stalls along the entrance to Chichen Itza, the Temple of Kukulkan aka El Castillo dominates the scene. Built by the Mayans before the 12th century, El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulkan, the Feathered Serpent deity.
The temple stands about 98 ft high and each side is about 181 ft at the base. The stairways on the four faces of the pyramid rise at 45° angle. There are 91 steps on each side, and in 2004, the first time we visited Chichen Itza, you were still able to climb to the top. Climbing up was not a problem. But those short steps at a 45° angle were enough to scare anyone on the way down.
Besides keeping the temple from being destroyed by the thousands of tourists who visit each year, another advantage is that it makes getting a great picture much easier. Here is a link for more of my Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Aventura Spa Palace Resort photos. It will take me a while to get them all processed so keep checking back.