Photographer's Note

The Place
This is El Castillo, the most recognizable ruin of Chichen Itza, one of the most impressive Maya and Toltec ruins in the Yucatan peninsula. This photo was taken early morning.
Some of the features of El Castillo are:
- Built on top of an older pyramid. Inside the old pyramid there is a statue of Chac Mool.
- Each of the 4 stairs up to top has 91 steps, thus 364 steps, and considering the top platform as one more step common to the four stairs, we have 365 steps, the same amount of days of a year.
- During the sunset of spring and autumn equinoxes the shadow reflected on the north staircase, looks like a snake descending to the ground as the sun sets in the horizon.
In the Workshop I have posted two more POV. One taken late in the afternoon of the stairs used to climb but at that time with nobody there; and another early morning taken from the Temple of a Thousand Warriors.

My wife and I were staying in Playa del Carmen, and there were many daily tours to Chichen Itza, which are very convenient. However, one visits the site with hordes of tourists and also most probably misses the night light show. Then, we decided to stay overnight in a small town of Piste, just 2km from the site. This gave us the opportunity to stay until late, see the night show, and visit the ruins early in the morning with almost no other visitors around. Great choice!

- Scanned film
- noise reduction of sky, increase a bit colour saturation
- re-sized, sharpness, framed

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Additional Photos by Jorge Muller (Bruno40) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 949 W: 106 N: 1450] (6658)
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