Chichen Itzá
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Chichen Itza Archaeological Sites
Chichen Itza

The word Chichen Itzá comes from Maya language and it has been translated as "Entrance to the sacred wells witches of water ".

It is one of the major archaeological sites of the Peninsula of Yucatán in Mexico, and a very important vestige of the Mayan civilization. The remains of the most important buildings in the archaeological site correspond to the post-classical period (1200 - 1450 AD) time of decline of the culture.

The architecture that we can see today, has a clear Toltec influence. The god who presided over the site, according to Mayan mythology, was Kukulcan, the Maya representation of Quetzalcoatl, god taken from the pantheon of the Toltec culture. Chichen Itzá was a city or a ceremonial center, which went through various construction periods and influences of different countries who lived there and pushed it seance its foundation.

The archaeological site of Chichén Itzá was inscribed on the list of "World Heritage" by UNESCO in 1988 and on July 7, 2007, the Temple of Kukulcan, was recognized as one of "The New Seven wonders of the World "by a private initiative without the support of UNESCO, but with the recognition of millions of voters around the world.

This place will transport you to the pre-Hispanic time and you’ll discover the secrets that enclose its most important buildings such as: the Castle or Kukulcan pyramid, where every year during the spring and fall equinox, a natural phenomenon of light and shadows projected on the case the steps of the Great Pyramid, lowering the image of the "feathered serpent", a unique experience that attracts hundreds of tourists from all over the world; the ballgame, the largest ever discovered in the region known as Mesoamerica, with 168m long and 70m wide; and the observatory or "snail", named for its curious circular shape in the interior recreates the spiral that identifies the shell of the mollusk.

In Chichén Itzá you can also admire the spectacular sacred “Cenote” (holly well), a huge mirror of water with 60m of diameter, which fantastic treasures have been recovered: rings, necklaces and objects of gold and jade, also bones of people who were thrown into the water as part of offerings to the witches of water and Chaac, the Mayan god of rain.

Chichén Itzá is an ideal destination not only for those who like archeology, but also for those who enjoy history and the encountering with the great civilizations of the past.