It is embarrassing how long it took me to go to Mexico. Living in Arizona I was often just a short drive from the border...and yet somehow I managed to make it to Japan nearly a full decade before I hit Mexico.
I did finally meander my way down on a cruise in college. In all honesty, 80% of the reason I went on the cruise was because I had a chance to go to Chichen Itza. The other 20% was because I could eat unlimited crab cakes.
Tour Guide: Excavations have resulted in many interesting archaeological discoveries.
Tourist: Did they find any treasure?
Tour Guide: They found a lot of bones.
Me: So they DID find treasure!!
Bio-archs: our definition of 'valuable' is probably different than yours. ;)