You know how often when you’ve got something big coming up, you get so excited?
Of course you do, you’re reading a travel blog.
I get overwhelmed with excitement when it comes to travel, and part of that is I do my research – I look up every location I’m to visit, the attractions, google photos, watch YouTube videos from other travel vloggers and read blogs from other bloggers about the place – and sometimes I’ll even go so far as street view the area and have a virtual “walk” around.
This can be dangerous.
When you look so forward to something, there’s the huge possibility that when you finally get there you’re going to be disappointed.
Chichen Itza and Ikkil Cenote were my “big two” for Mexico. And they were on the same day.
I was insanely excited to visit these amazing places, and I had been imagining it in my head for so long.
This is part where I say I was underwhelmed when I got there, or got mugged, or something went terribly wrong.
Despite all my hype, Chichen Itza (and Ikkil) were just as cool as I thought they were going to be. If not better.
Chichen Itza, in itself, is an incredible thing – the Mayan history, the amazing calender/alignment purposes of the main temple, Kukuikan, and more. I could have read all I wanted to about this amazing site, and still would have experienced the awe I felt looking at it in person and hearing our tour guide explain the intricacies that the Mayan people created with it.
And of course, Ikkil Cenote – how wonderous.
The clear blue water, the vines hanging down, the perfect circle to the blue sky you see as you float in the middle and star directly upwards.
It was all just “wow.”
Something you may not know – you can’t stay in the water for too long. As the water is so fresh, and isn’t salty, it’s much harder to keep yourself afloat. Like the opposite of the Dead Sea.
Sit on one of the rocky outcrops at the side of the cenote and observe.
My favourite thing to observe, apart from the stark, natural beauty, was to take a glance at the faces of other people as they got to the bottom of the steps and saw the entirety of the cenote for the first time.
As I was in awe, so were they – and I just love seeing “that” look on people’s faces.
What can I say – I’m awed by awe.