I have to add that we saw many huge mounds covered with vegetation and rocks. They definitely have more ruins inside. Funds are needed to continue to uncover these Mayan wonders.
We were welcomed by a Shaman who celebrated a ceremony to cleanse our spirits and bless our families. The whole ceremony was in Mayan. Cenotes, or underground water reserves, are sacred places because of the fresh water that is otherwise nowhere to be found.
Todays' trip made me realize something about learning on the road. What you learn makes big impressions, but it is who you learn it from that makes it unforgettable. I seriously wanted to hug every person who shared their culture with us. Like our caring and funny guide who kept on telling us that we will eat iguana brain tacos, the archeological guide who explained how the ruins are protected, discovered, and restored, the Shaman who performed an extra blessing for our kids, and the lovely tortilla maker who took the time to show us her trade.