Off the beach, this town could almost be described as authentically Mexican with its slow pace and large tree-covered plazas, were it not so close to one of Mexico´s prime tourist attractions: Chichen Itza. We didn´t see too much of the town anyway; Duncan was ill and the hotel room had cable TV.
The next day, I went to Chichen Itza alone, and although the ruins were probably more impressive than at Tikal, it was spoiled somewhat by the sheer number of tour groups and souvenier sellers around the site. Though it is getting slightly hypocrtical complaining about mass tourism, when tourists of all ages have to wear bright stickers so they don´t get lost, I feel slightly more justified to complain. Some parts of the site were remarkable despite this; the central pyramid seen in the photo and the numerous carvings of skulls and other death related symbols. Most impressive of all was a massive pit where the Mayas used to dispose of their victims in. It could apparently hold around 10,000 bodies, at least enough to get rid of a good proportions of the tourists if it were still in use today, which sadly it isn´t