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Chichen Itza, a Mayan Heritage Site

By Tribune Travel

June 13, 2023

One of the most popular and well-liked attractions in Cancun is the impressive Mayan archaeological site, Chichén Itzá, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1988. It is in the town of Tinum and is just a short day trip away from Cancun, where tour guides can plan a relaxing excursion or provide directions if you want to rent a car.

One of the most important and well-known relics of the Mayan civilization, Chichén Itzá, is located close to Cancun and symbolizes the decline of a highly developed civilization during what is known as the post classical era. Archaeologists think work on the holy site started as early as 600 AD.

The massive pre-Columbian city and ceremonial center still draws tourists and academics from all over the world who are interested in experiencing its mystical charm and learning what it might have to say about the development of modern civilization.

aerial view of Cichen Itza

Visitors to Chichén Itzá can explore a vast complex of structures, which includes the main temple or castle (Kukulkan Temple), which is easily recognized by its pyramidal shape, as well as an observatory, a ball court, and other noteworthy structures. With a total area of almost 2 square miles, it was considered to be one of the largest Mayan settlements during its prime.

The most well-known building in the city is without a doubt Kukulkan Temple, which is notable both for its mysterious shape and for the spectacular “Shadow of the Snake” or “The Descent of the Feathered Serpent” phenomenon that takes place during the spring and autumn equinoxes. Three hours before sunset, this amazing sight allows viewers to witness a snake’s shadowy form descending from the top of the pyramid to its base.

However, Chichén Itzá will awe and fascinate the entire family no matter what time of year you are vacationing in Cancun. Make sure not to miss it on your next vacations in Cancun.





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