|Our bus to tour Merida|
|Old home on "Millionaire's Road"|
|Another old home|
|Example of sculpture found throughout the city|
|Large cathedral on town square|
|Interior of the cathedral|
From Merida, we took another bus west to the town of Piste, which is located right outside the Mayan ruins of Chichen-Itza. The next morning, we met our guide at 8 AM, so as to miss the big crowds from the tour buses that arrive later in the morning. Chichen-Itza is one of the most popular tourist sites in Mexico. Our very knowledgeable guide was a young Mayan man who grew up in the town of Piste. The largest pyramid is one of the new seven wonders of the world.
|Some other large ruins at Chichen-Itza|
|Locals selling in the park|
|The main road into the park|
There are always many souvenier shops in the towns also. This one by our hotel caught our eye.
The morning after we toured the ruins, we stood on the road outside the hotel and caught a second class bus to Cancun. These always give one a better understanding of the day to day lives of the local Mexican people, since they go through all the little towns, and are a primary form of transportation for the residents. It makes for a slow, but interesting ride.