I’ve been to many wonderful ruins, all over the world, but I think the most stunning was Tikal, in Guatemala, which I saw in 1984.
It took a flight in a two motor “very old” plane to get there from Guatemala City. The area was in a jungle, and the biggest pyramid loomed over everything. Of course, I had to climb it. I was wearing sandals, as I couldn’t find any sneakers in Guatemala City that would fit me (I wear 8 1/2 AA, and the largest size they had was 6 W).
I climbed to the top straddling a chain and holding on for dear life. The steps were about 9 inches high and 4 inches deep. I understand that the steps were designed that way so that sacrificial victims could be rolled down to the bottom easily.
The view from the top was stunning! And I can still picture it.
But as difficult as the climb to the top was, the climb down was even more treacherous. I didn’t think I would make it, especially in those sandals. But I’m here to tell the story.
Incidentally, the pyramid was featured in “Star Wars.”