S: Cancun, Mexico - June 2011
FC: June 2011
1: Flying to Cancun June 8, 2011
2: Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
3: Let the Journey Begin | Sushi Bar | Pina Colada Restaurant | Swim-Up Bar
4: The Food
5: Wedding Buffet | La Paloma
6: Playing in the hot tub
8: Seeing the sites of Cancun
9: This archaeological site is the most extensive on Cancun island. The remains date the zone to the late Post Classic period - 1200-1500 a.d. This prehispanic settlement is comprised of 47 structures and measures 520 meters north-south and 70 meters east-west. | Excavation has revealed that the economic activity was based primarily on fishing. Also, many imported articles were found such as knives, arrowheads, jade, and quartz. These materials show how advanced the Mayans were in having developed a commercial trade on sea routes along the Caribbean coast.
10: The Wedding June 11, 2011
11: Adriana Marmolejo & Kyle Schack
12: "Laughter is an instant vacation." | The Reception
14: Mexican Hat Dance
16: Chichen Itza | The Temple of Kukulkan El Castillo
17: Temple of the Warriors A large stepped pyramid fronted and flanked by rows of carved columns depicting warriors
18: Temple of the Tables Its name comes from a series of altars at the top of the structure that are supported by carved figures of men with upraised arms, called "atlases."
19: Jaguars in procession, among trees and possibly spears, which garnished the top of the temple on all four sides. The serpent friezes were placed atop the temple as the building's final decorative touch.
21: Cenote Sagrado | The natural well was an important ceremonial center and pilgrimage destination. The pool is 60 meters in diameter. The distance from ground level to the water is 22 meters and the depth of the water is 6-12 meters.
22: The Ball Court - 545 feet x 225 feet - A whisper from one end can be heard clearly on the other end. Legend says that after a game, the winning captain would present his head to the losing captain, who then decapitated him. The winning captain then had a direct ticket to heaven rather than going through the 13 steps Mayans believed it took to get to heaven.
23: Tzompantli Wall of Skulls This low, flat platform is surrounded with carved depictions of human skulls as well as eagles eating human hearts. This is where heads of sacrificial victims were placed.
24: Cenote Ikil "Sacred Blue Cenote"
25: Authentic Mexican Food!
26: Driving back to the resort
27: Time to go home