The culture of tourism
The last three pictures are important in their own fashion. Yes, the architecture and history of the chichen itza site are breathtaking. However, the rich popularity of the site comes at a price to the surrounding culture. Throughout Chichen Itza, the paths are lined with vendors selling wares, trying to attract the tourists, and professing the greatness of their goods in particular. This is part of the culture now. As you can see here, a man is working hard to carve and paint a wooden mask made from one of the trees in the near by jungle. You could find a bunch of touristy things throughout this market, but I was a little taken aback by the attitude of other travelers. The reliance on the tourist crowds has really dampened the capability of the local area in terms of various advancements as well as creating a sector of population that is reliant on the tourist trade rather than striving to be self-sustaining. I apologize if this sounds incredibly opinionated and biased, but the trade is sad. The fact that the people have been encouraged to expand this trade is sad as well. I suppose at least there is a form of life sustenance that exists here.