Gringo in the Jungle

March 6, 2011

Was on vacation in the Yucatan last week.  First stop: Ek Balam.  Chichen Itza gets all the attention, but these “Black Jaguar” ruins are a must see.  The tallest temple here is four feet taller than the tallest at Chichen Itza, and you can climb on it until you die.  Let’s go.

Half way up are these wonderfully preserved carvings that were supposedly found after a thick wall was removed.

The view from the top:

Watch out for these guys.

Next stop was a cenote, which are large natural wells.  Some, like this one, are developed to allow easy access for swimming.

They say the water here is 80 meters deep.

The ballgame court at Chichen Itza:

Got this nice pic of the main temple at Chichen Itza, but…

…then got photobombed by this asshole gringo wearing a ridiculous hawaiian shirt.


3 Responses to “Gringo in the Jungle”

  1. […] Visit “jungle ruins” these days and you’ll likely stroll along nicely manicured la…  What an experience it must have been for 19th century explorers to stumble upon actual jungle-COVERED ruins.  Compare: Chichen Itza, 2011 Chichen Itza, 1839 […]

  2. […] Then I I combined it with a picture I took in Mexico… […]

  3. […] Significant inspiration for “The Sacrifice Pit” adventure location in Across the Wide Dark Jungle came from the cenotes near Chichen Itza and all across the Yucatan in Mexico. (Click here for some pictures I took there last year.) […]

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