History of Chichén Itzá

The ruins of Chichén Itzá were a huge priority of mine on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. As my first set of Maya ruins of this trip, I have to say, they’re quite a bit different from the temples architecture of Asia – which was great for me because I got really “templed out” in South East Asia.

The Maya ruins are a whole different ball game though; the history behind the temples and the sacrifices and religious ceremonies held at Chichén Itzá are incredibly different from temples and religious beliefs in Asia. I felt very intrigued from the minute we arrived.

We hired a tour guide for the ruins – something that I’m not usually that fond of. On the one hand, I love learning new things and hearing the details from a local and then on the other hand, I prefer to go at my own pace to really take in my surroundings. I’ve recently taken and interest in photography so heading out early before the tour groups arrive is more of a priority for me now.

Saying that, I’m actually so thankful that I chose the guide option. As we pondered around the grounds I learned so much about theories and history surrounding Chichén Itzá. As the tour guide explained the ritual sacrifices that took place at the various temples at Chichén Itzá, I had to take a complete step back from everything that I know about the Catholic Religion I grew up around and even all of the other religions I have learned about while travelling the world. This really was something quite different. It was a completely foreign concept to me and I had to actively work on not to placing judgments on their religion based on my own upbringing and Western ideals. View Full Post