Ranked #2 in Mexico Tourism
Chichen Itza was the most popular temple city and a political and religious center of Maya Civilization. Located in Yucatan, Mexico, this archaeological site attracts millions of tourists every year. The dazzling ruins of the site stand as an evidence of a glorious ancient city, making it a must see place. Chichen Itza is one of the wonders of the world. Check out other wonders of the world.
Chichen Itza Ruins -Temple of Kukulkan
The most famous structure in the incredible complex of Chichen Itza is El Castillo or the Temple of Kulkulkan. Bus services are available from international airports at Cancun and Merida to this place. The temple reveals much about the vision of Maya about the universe. The splendid pyramid has 365 steps that reveal the precision of Maya astronomy and their understanding of Mathematics and Sonics. On the day of equinox that occurs twice in a year in spring and autumn season, a serpent shaped shadow falls on the pyramid. As the sun sets, the snake shadow slides down eventually to join the head of a stone serpent located at the base of the staircase. If you go up a few steps and go through a small tunnel, you will come across a beautiful stone jaguar throne.
The Great Ball Court, Chichen Itza
The Great Ball court in Chichen Itza is yet another important attraction. The Mayans were passionate sportsmen and they built 525 feet long and 246 feet wide ball court to play games. You can see the Temple of the Jaguars at the east side of the Ball court and the Temple of Tigers at the opposite end. The structure boasts of a sort of theater box that was enclosed with a roof. It seems the kings would observe the game from this box, as even a whisper can be heard clearly from this place. During competitions, the players tried to hit a heavy rubber ball through stone rings located far above the ground on the court walls. (Credit)
You can spend some time and visit the astronomical observatory, a sacred well that is circular in shape and also witness the Temple of the Warriors. This trip can help with take you through the journey exploring all the lost Mayan civilizations. You can unearth the histories at two of the most significant sites where all the ruins can take you over a thousand years back.