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Introduction

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza is one of the new 7 world wonders and for good reason. The view on the big pyramid or Temple of Kukulkan is amazing.
The site is located on the Yucatan Peninsula between Mérida and Valladolid. The site is very popular for daytrips from tourists who stay in the Riviera Maya.

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Main Sights

The main attraction is the big pyramid of Kukulcan or El Castillo. Unfortunately it is not possibly to climb up the pyramid anymore but it is also impressive to see the building and to imagine how the Mayans have constructed it. They must have had quite some knowledge of mathematics and astrology.

The ground plan of the pyramid has square terraces with stairways on every side to the temple on the top. Two times a year during the Spring and Autumn equinox it seems like a snake comes down the stairs of the north staircase. This symbolises the feathered snake wich represents Kukulcan or Quetzalcoatle. The shadow moves down by the movement of the sun during the rising and setting of the sun.

Underneath the temple archeologists have found another temple. Inside the temple was a Chac Mool statue and a throne in the shape of a jaguar, painted red with spots made of inlaid jade. As most other archeological sites Chichen Itza also has a ball field but it is bigger than many others. Although nobody knows exactly how the ballgame was played the pictures on the walls suggest that the game ended quite bloody.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & CampingYokdzonotCAMPSITE90
Villa Arqueologica Chichen ItzaKm. 120 Carretera Merida Valladolid Piste Tinum,Hotel86
Hotel Grand MayabValladolid - Chichén Itzá Km. 140 KauaHOTEL-

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 20.6783924
  • Longitude: -88.5715684

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