“You know, Chicken Pizza must have come from Chichen Itza. 1st there was Chichen Itza, then a tourist came and thought it was related to chicken, so called it Chicken Itza. Then a hungry tourist came and wanted to have pizza, so he called it Chicken Pizza.”
Doesn’t make sense? Neither did it make sense to us when our guide to Chichen Itza was narrating his thought line as to the connection between Chichen Itza and Chicken Pizza, or why it was even remotely relevant! So, we followed him to the UNESCO Archeological Site with lots of 2nd thoughts as to what he is gonna say next! However, he turned out to be very knowledgable and kept us away from the potholes of being a typical tourist and we came back appreciating the unique heritage. He taught us not to make the following 5 Touristy Sins at Chichen Itza –
- Visit a place without doing prior homework
- Leave a place without understanding its history
- Damage the already fragile structures by standing/leaning/sitting on it
- Taking pictures of only the structure we see on the net and ignoring all others
- Not interacting with the locals
Profound words from a person who started out by comparing a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a food… you never know where wisdom lies…
We came back with great amount of knowledge about the place and learnt a lesson for life as a tourist, and have found that avoiding the 5 Touristy Sins makes our life and that of the locals so much easier and happy!
Hope that like us, you have also understood the Touristy Sins that we unknowingly must have committed and from the coming year your travels will be free from this sins!
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