The two must see things on my Mexico bucket list were to see a Mayan Ruin and to swim in a cenote. There are so many Ruins and cenotes around the Cancun area that you could plan an entire week and still not see them all. I do wish that we had gone and seen at least one more ruin and cenote but by our last day, I was so tired and needed to just chill.
We booked a tour to Hubiku and Chichén Itzá through a company called Xichen. First stop was cenote hubiku. Like many of the cenotes, Cenote Hubiku is considered a sacred place for the Mayan people where sacrificial ceremonies often took place. We learned about shamans and some other fun Mayan facts while visiting Hubiku. My favorite part of visiting Cenote Hubiku was getting to jump into the cool, turquoise water and swimming with the catfish. On a hot day in Mexico, the water felt sooo good.
After swimming and lunch we loaded up the bus and headed towards Chichén Itzá. Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities and is now known as one of the seven man made wonders of the world. Our tour guide was very passionate about the history and symbolism of the Maya people and gave us a very detailed tour of Chichén Itzá. The Mayan’s were very in touch with astronomy and had a very deep love for math. The Pyramid of Kukulcan was built using their love of astronomy and math.
I kept imagining what life was like when Chichén Itzá was occupied. My favorite part of the tour was seeing the Great Ball Court and learning about how important this game was to them. The loosing team captain would become the sacrifice to the Maya rain god and the winning captain would earn his spot in the upper society.
The only thing I didn’t like about Chichén Itzá was how hot it was and there was a serious lack of shade. Being pregnant in that hot sun was not fun and we should have brought more water bottles with us.
After Chichén Itzá, we made a little pit stop in a town that I cannot remember the name of to see this Mayan church. Brady found fresh churros across the street from the church so of course we had to get some. They were amazing.