Chichén Itzá Mexico

Well, this time.. Pionia was invited to go on a tour to Chichen Itza in Mexico by the The Avalon Learning Project, what she didn't know is that she'd ended up being the guide on the tour. This was really funny, she decided to wear her princess Maya outfit and bring her beautiful horse Brujo with her to the tour. It was a good thing that she has been there before with the webheads.

Now, this place  has been classed as one of the Seven Wonders in Second Life, the reproduction of Chichén Itza is a jewel of breathtaking jungle exotic and old Aztek ruins. It is a beautiful Summer palace, village and beach relaxation retreats. To go there, just follow the link...
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Visit%20Mexico/67/197/28

Accepted the challenge proposed by Gwen Gwasi, she googled some info on this famous maya ruins in Wikipedia (of course), she found out that ....." Chichen Itza means "at the mouth of the well of the Itza") is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Yucatán state, present-day Mexico."

This is a video in found in you tube that portraits the ruins in Second Life



In contrast .. there's another video that shows the ruins in real life.... The simulation in Sl is amazig...



Once they got there, the first place they visited was El Castillo, also known as Temple of Kukulkan (the Maya name for Quetzalcoatl). This step pyramid has a ground plan of square terraces with stairways up each of the four sides to the temple on top. On the Spring and Autumn equinox, at the rising and setting of the sun, the corner of the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent - Kukulcan, or Quetzalcoatl - along the west side of the north staircase. On these two annual occasions, the shadows from the corner tiers slither down the northern side of the pyramid with the sun's movement to the serpent's head at the base. Jungle and waterfall with gigantic butterflies and a fun hangglider which gets stuck in the rocks if you are not careful.

La Venta Park
La Venta Park is an astounding cultural collection of the Ancient Olmec. The Olmec were the founding civilization in the region pre-dating the Maya. They are most famous for the gigantic round head sculptures.

 



La Venta was originally built on an island in the Tonalá River; now it is part of a large swamp. After petroleum was found there, many of the artifacts were moved to an archaeological park on the outskirts of the city of Villahermosa.


A smaller version of La Venta Park has been recreated in Second life.  Walk atop the earth pyramid and see if you can see the beautifully rendered Olmec heads.  While you are here feel free to walk the paths and view each of the statues and altars up close.  While in the area, you can also rent a horse for free and experience the sims on horseback.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Visit20Mexico202/21/232/65  


Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

While there, they had the chance to listen to Mayan music,  the soundtrack that you can find in the place features a wide range of authentic Mayan instrumentation, from many clay and wood flutes and ocarina, through water drums, a wide range of wood percussion and chonch shell horns. It also features full orchestra, with a large contingent of mallet instruments, including marimba and both metal and bamboo vibraphones.
Tulum


Tulum
Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city which served as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are located on 39-ft cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.  One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending God. The Tulum ruins are the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico.  It is popular for the picturesque view of the Caribbean and a location close to the popular beach resort of Cancún. There we saw the ruins, horseback rode on the beach  and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Tulum cliffs and ruins.  We  also found beach wildlife.  There were crabs and turtles in the shore.

Tulum Mayan Ruins on PhotoPeach

Tulum Mayan Ruins on PhotoPeach



A noble church
La Ruta Maya - Campeche http://slurl.com/secondlife/Visit%20Mexico%203/119/75/36

Ruins of Palenque, Chiapas
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Visit%20Mexico%203/140/182/43

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