There was a brief time in my life when I thought I would actually be an archeologist. I blame Indiana Jones and a fierce desire to uncover lost secrets of history for this passion. Then I realized that math and science were involved and I quickly returned to the loving embrace of the liberal arts. While I never pursued a career exploring the ancient sites of the world, that interest and curiosity never dissipated and I often find myself traipsing over ruins and relics whenever I travel. So when the JW Marriott in Cancun approached me for a once-in-a-lifetime archeological adventure, I just couldn’t say no.
This week I will be traveling to Cancun as the guest of the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa where I will join them in an ancient Mayan adventure. March 21st is the spring solstice, an important time at the Wonder of the World Chichen Itza and I’ll be there to see it firsthand.
Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and was built around the 9th century AD. It is also one of Mexico’s most visited tourist destinations and was granted World Heritage Site status in 1988 by UNESCO World Heritage and was recently selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The site is impressive enough on its own, but I’ll be there for something extra special, the Descent of the Feathered Serpent.
The central Pyramid of Kukulkan is built in such a way that on the equinoxes a shadow play is created where serpent heads on the staircases become whole snakes through the shadows of the terraces of the Pyramid. The phenomenon of the Descent of the Feathered Serpent can only be seen for a few days, so we will be visiting on March 22nd, in an attempt to avoid some of the massive crowds that descend on the site for this annual event.
Technology permitting, I will be sharing the mysterious shadow across the massive pyramid in real time via Twitter. So if you want to see photos of one of the most unique phenomena in the world, follow me on the 22nd and look for the hashtag #MarriottMaya.
Chichen Itza may be one of the highlights of the trip, but it’s certainly not the only activity. I will also explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Ek Balam where I’ll have a chance to swim in a sacred cenote. I first swam in a cenote two years ago in the Yucatan and I can’t wait for another opportunity to participate in this magical experience.
To recover from the dust, dirt and sun, there will also be plenty of opportunities for me to relax at the stunning JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa. The AAA Five Diamond JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa is known for its relaxed elegance and is a favorite for those seeking the quintessential beach vacation wrapped in effortless luxury. The resort also features a 35,000 sq. ft. full-service spa, three restaurants and three pools. Top of my list of to-do at the resort is some pool time and of course a visit to the spa.
I’m a big believer in unique travel experiences combined with comfortable, even luxurious accommodations, so this trip is the perfect match for me and I can’t wait to bring you all the magic of the Maya in Mexico.
Earlier this month I shared a special deal the JW and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resorts are offering through the end of the year so you can experience a Mayan adventure at a great rate. More information can be found at the end of the post linked to here.