Archive for April, 2010

Chichen Itza For Sale … Again?

April 20th, 2010 by ejalbright

Want to own a piece of Chichen Itza? A Yucatecan company is looking to cash in on the cache that is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, according to a new website.

“Make Money Now in Chichen Itza,” according to the website. Digging deeper you see that it is a pitch for a development project a few kilometers southeast of the archaeological zone.

If I read the contract correctly (which can be found on the website, along with a nifty certificate of authenticity–see below), for $10,000 U.S. one will receive a one-fifth share of the Punta Chichen Itza project, to be built on 500 hectares (1250 acres) near Chichen Itza. Is the only credit card you own a Discover card? Not a problem, as the developers claim they can accept it.

The website appears to use video and graphics from other Chichen Itza projects, but don’t worry. There is a disclaimer at the bottom that notes “Images are artists [sic] conception for information purposes only.” There is another disclaimer as well that says this is not a pitch for money, even if the developers are asking for money and accept credit cards.

If you happen to have an extra ten grand laying around, why not follow the lead of the state of Yucatan and purchase a piece of Chichen Itza, even if it really is a few kilometers away?

(Thanks to Debi of Debi in Merida blog for the tip!)

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Chichen Itza Explained by Sir David Attenborough–NOT!

April 17th, 2010 by ejalbright

I chuckled more than a few times during this homemade comedy video about a recent trip to Chichen Itza. Give this fellow an A for effort.

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Elton John at Chichen Itza: 90 Minutes of Hits, Hours of Hype

April 4th, 2010 by ejalbright

Elton John found his new stage (the first one, much larger, collapsed) big enough to hold 90 minutes of hits, as he performed Saturday before a sold-out crowd (and then some) at Chichen Itza.

Wearing a dark suit with the bright green shirt, Elton entertained with some of his biggest songs, including “Candle in the Wind,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” and “The Circle of Life.” Official attendance was 6,000, but INAH, the federal agency that oversees Chichen Itza, told at least one media outlet that the crowd was actually closer to 9,000, which was in violation of the agreement with the show’s promoter, the state of Yucatan.

SIPSE, one of the large media partners of the event, became all Elton, all the time, and released a series of videos about the concert, including a rather odd, fetishistic one about Elton’s bedroom.

The Elton wrap-up:

Elton’s room at the Mayaland Resort, including lingering shots of his bed:

Elton arriving, shot from a distance:

The new stage:

Voyeuristic video about the delivery of a white, baby grand piano to Elton’s quarters at the Mayaland Resort:

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Stage for Elton John Collapses; Chichen Itza Show Will Go On

April 2nd, 2010 by ejalbright

Stage for Saturday's Elton John concert at Chichen Itza collapses
Photo Notimex via CNNMexico.

The section of the stage supporting a plastic canopy for tomorrow night’s Elton John concert at Chichen Itza collapsed late Wednesday night, sending tons of equipment and metal crashing through a section of the stage.

Three men were injured, one with a broken leg who is still in the hospital.

A replacement stage was ordered from Cancun and organizers of the concert say it will be up in time for tomorrow’s concert.

According to the Diario de Yucatan, tourists and employees of INAH, the federal agency that oversees Chichen Itza, said the accident was “the curse of Kukulcán,” the Maya feathered serpent god for whom the pyramid next to the stage was construced. Others described the accident as “the pranks as aluxes,” little spirits of the jungle who are the Maya equivalent of gremlins or leprechauns.

Organizers behind the concert worried about how the press would treat the accident. According to Diario de Yucatan, one commented, “The good thing is that nobody has photos…”

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