Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza

Located in the Tinúm Municipality in the Yucatán State, Chichén Itzá is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with over 2.6 million annual visitors!

This Mayan pyramid complex spans an area of over 500 hectares/1.9 M2 (5 KM2) and includes numerous temples ,

The Chichen Itza Temples were a set of First Civilization temples that composed part of a system of caverns which ran beneath the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, located on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Owing to their similarity, the two temples each housed a half of a specific Prophecy Disk.

has everything to offer for anyone who is seeking adventure.

Its close proximity to Cancun provides steady tourism year-round with visitors marveling at its
Mayan roots and multitude styles of Puuc and Chenes architectural design.

pre-Columbian

Previously, a Chichen Itza[nb 1] was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period.

Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200).

After a global vote in 2007, Chichén Itzá added the distinction of being one of the “New Seven Wonders of The World”!

and with over 2,600,000 annual visitors it’s no wonder why.

With temples rising hundreds of feet and hieroglyphic writings all around

, the archaeology of the site shows the fusion between the Puuc architecture and the central Mexico Islands.

With an intricate sense of style, the Myans built the city Chichén Itzá, around the 7th century, and this name is partly derived from its surrounding wells, which have long been a permeant source of water in the city.

Far from being primitive, the Mayans were able to develop a 365 day calendar, and could also predict solar eclipses from the built observatory in the area.

Most famously, El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, dominates Chichén Itzá.
Built somewhere between the 9th and 12th century, this landmark is famous among tourists, as sculptures of serpents run down the sides of the northern balustrade.

The experience of Chichén Itzá is definitely not one to miss. Entrance fees for adults are $254 pesos, which is around $12.50 US dollars, and for kids its $70 pesos, which is $3.46 US.

To maximise your experience at Chichen Itza it’s definitely worth visiting during either the spring or autumn equinoxes, as the sun creates an illusion of a snake descending or ascending El Castillo. They also host light shows in the evenings, and you can hire a tour guide to take you around and explain the archaeology of all the sites and its history.

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