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Old January 5th, 2007, 04:19 PM
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Hi Hcat,

We too were amazed. If you have been to Tulum or Chichen Itza you know how bad it can be. I have been to numerous Mayan sites in Mexico, Angkor Wat and other temples in Cambodia, and Machu Picchu in Peru and all were packed with people. It’s almost impossible to get a good shot. I was very impressed with how few people were at Chacchoben. I don’t know how long this will last so I hope you can go as soon as possible.

As far as other things go:
The trip there wasn’t too exciting. It does give you and idea of how flat the land is which helps you when viewing the ruins. You see there are almost no natural hills or mounds. Then you realize almost every hill you see is a Mayan ruin. Seeing the contrast between level, flat land and small hills that stick up out of nowhere is something we found interesting. Even Chacchoben was a farmer’s field until a few years ago. Sadly several other ruins are still owned by the farmers and cows are walking all over them and destroying parts or the temples. The guide says the government is trying to buy as much of the land as possible but like many things in the area progress is slow. Hopefully the cruise money will contribute to the preservation of some of these sites.

At the site they have a one building of small size. This houses very large bathrooms, a store, and a snack bar. The snack bar had chips, cookies, soda, water and other basics at reasonable prices. Out front at push cart stands they had a guy selling home made ice cream and a young man selling fresh coconuts to drink. The ice cream was actually very good. Coconuts are expensive (for coconuts). The bathrooms are kept nice and its proper etiquette to tip the bathroom attendant a small amount.

Hi Libragirl,
Like my mom always said “It never hurts to share? glad you enjoyed them.
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