November 04, 2006

Mayans are hot

Magnificent Mayan civilization that attracts tourists stars in Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto'In September, models draped in Mayan calendar prints dazzled the runways at Olympus Fashion Week in New York City as part of Nicole Miller's spring 2007 collection, inspired by a trip to the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico.

Last fall, more than 18 million viewers a week watched CBS's "Survivor: Guatemala--The Maya Empire," as contestants lived amid the age-old ruins.

At Mon Aimee Chocolate in the Strip District, customers each Saturday line up for the shop's special hot chocolate--spiced with cayenne, chiles or cinnamon--just as it was served by the ancient Mayans, who invented the decadent brew.

And tourism at Mayan ruins is surging.


Anonymous said...

The article reminds me of the time I was in Cancun and took a day trip to Chichen Itza. My group climbed the pyramid of Kukulkán and almost stepped on a bunch of new agers holding some kind of ritual at the top. They looked like a bunch of old hippies that had lost their way and seemed really annoyed with our presence. Unfortunately for them we were very boisterous and excited about climbing to the top as they kept trying to shush us. Other than the unpleasant hippies I highly recommend this tour, it is something to behold!

Rob said...

I took this picture the day before the spring equinox at Chichén Itzá. Unfortunately, our lame-o tour forced us to stay another day when we wanted to go on to Cancún. Fortunately, we got to see the annual equinox display.

You can see more Maya photos on my Photo Gallery page.

Rob said...

Yes, that's what I was referring to when I mentioned the "display." The sun illuminates the diamonds on the back of the serpent (rattlesnake) that borders one of the staircases.

I'm sure setting this up required many painstaking engineering calculations and experiments. As with the pyramids of Egypt, it undoubtedly took centuries, if not millennia, to get the details right.