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Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza is a fun filled one day tour from the city of Cancun in Mexico. A three hour drive from the city takes you to the stunning site of Chichen Itza which means ‘mouth of the well’. The ancient Maya ruins of Chichen Itza extend upto 4 square kilometres and it will take you a full day to sight see all the breathtaking monuments located within the archaeological complex. You can explore the historic site on your own or take a guided tour in which the tourist guide will tell you everything about the age old Mayan beliefs and tradition.

The ruins of Chichen Itza are about 1,500 years old and belong to the Mayan Civilization. The highlights include- the pyramid El Castillo, the Mayan Ballpark, the Temple of the Warriors, the Nunnery, the Cenote of Sacrifice and the Observatory.

The most interesting structure of these ruins is the pyramid El Castillo, which boats 91 steps on all its four sides and these steps lead you up to the throne room. However, you should not try to climb the steps as it is prohibited due to the damages caused to the pyramid from the Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The 365 steps of the pyramid represent the solar year, the 18 steps represent the dates in the Mayan calender and the 52 panels are a symbol of the Mayan century.

The most amazing thing is that Chichen Itza has survived the damages caused in the Hurricane Wilma and all other hurricanes that have occurred in the past and even today it stands dauntingly depicting the bygone era. Remember not to miss out the famous shadow of the serpent which makes its way down the steps during the Fall and Spring Equinox.

Best time to visit

It is best to visit Cancun in winter from the months of November to March. Do remember to carry plenty of water and sturdy footwear as it gets very hot in the inland.

Trivia

Get back souvenirs from the Archaeological Park of Chichen Itza- the artisans sit right outside the site selling wares, Mayan masks and other exciting objects dating back to the history of Mayan civilization. All items are reasonably priced and are originally made by the local natives of the city.

Timing

Early morning is the best time to sight see the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza.


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