June 30: Left Izamal behind and went an hour farther east to Valladolid via Chichen Itza. First impression was that the site was grand, but way too commercialized with vendors all over the grounds hawking Mayan calendars, tie-dyed t-shirts, stone jaguars, and ugly jewelry. With so much detracting from the view, it's hard to fathom the history of the ruins and what went into their making. Fortunately, we saw several other sites during our five weeks in the Yucatan that were stunning and made up for this one.
|An old hacienda we spotted while driving to the ruins.|
|Chac, the rain god.|