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Chichen Itza, the most visited Maya temple in Mexico

Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best known Maya temple that can be visited in Mexico. It was one of the largest cities built by the Maya's, but unfortunately it collapsed in the 13th century. Nowadays, it has been brought back to life with over 1 million tourists visiting the site each year. Its most striking center piece is the pyramid of Kukulkan which the majority of people would recognize instantly from the postcard images. It is surrounded by a large field of grass and although the site can be busy with tourists, it is often possible to take that classic picture without the crowds on it as it looks the same from all four angles. Unfortunately, a climb to the top is not allowed to preserve the monument. Most likely you will spot some people clapping their hands near the stairs. The sound than travels upwards along the pyramid and enters the chamber on top where it gets amplified. This is quite a remarkable feature and worth trying out.

Besides the central pyramid there are other places worth seeing. One of them is the Cenote Sagrada or the well of sacrifice (different maps use other names). This is located at the end of a long path and is an almost perfectly round shaped well with vegetation growing around it. The place still has a mythical feel to it. There are two other groups of ruins which should not be missed. The first one is the group of the thousand columns which as the name suggest are largely ruins of many supporting pillars that have survived it through the centuries. This place also includes the market and the temple of the warriors. The other group is made up of the nursery, the observatory and the temple of the high priest. These are much larger temples and have been much better preserved and restored than some of the other structures.

The whole site of Chichen Itza can be visited in probably a couple of hours, so spending half a day here is probably enough to see everything. Its popularity does mean that it feels a lot different than some of the other ancient sites such as Uxmal or Tulum. As one can imagine, there are more people but given the size of the site this is not necessarily an issue, especially when visiting early or later on the day. What makes Chichen Itza different to most of the other ancient settlements is the number of vendors on site which can create a feeling of being at a flea market between some ancient temples. Still, it is a must visit sight to soak up some of the ancient Maya culture when spending your holiday in Yucatan.

Chichen Itza is well connected by bus from the majority of popular tourist places or a trip is being offered by tour operators. One feature that is convenient is the on-site luggage storage that is a available. So those who travel onward can drop off their suitcase and then pick it up when leaving again.

Chichen Itza travel photo gallery

 
Pyramid of Kukulkan.

Pyramid of Kukulkan.

 
Temple of the warriors.

Temple of the warriors.

 
Ruins nearby the central field.

Ruins nearby the central field.


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Ancient temple.

Ancient temple.

 
Ruins.

Ruins.

 
Ancient pillars.

Ancient pillars.

 
The central pyramid.

The central pyramid.

 



The most recognized structure of Chichen Itza.

The most recognized structure of Chichen Itza.

 
Stairs that lead up the pyramid.

Stairs that lead up the pyramid.

 
The Pyramid of Kukulkan on the big field.

The Pyramid of Kukulkan on the big field.

 
Classic view of the central pyramid.

Classic view of the central pyramid.

 
Some or the ruins.

Some or the ruins.

 
The top of the pyramid.

The top of the pyramid.

 
Ancient stone carving.

Ancient stone carving.

 
The central structure, the pyramid of Kukulkan.

The central structure, the pyramid of Kukulkan.

 
Venus platform on the great plaza.

Venus platform on the great plaza.

 
Stalls along the path leading to cenote Sagrado.

Stalls along the path leading to cenote Sagrado.

 
Ruins near the cenote.

Ruins near the cenote.

 
Cenote Sagrado.

Cenote Sagrado.

 
View into cenote Sagrado.

View into cenote Sagrado.

 
Broken statues.

Broken statues.

 



Ruins of an old temples.

Ruins of an old temples.

 



The best known landmark.

The best known landmark.

 
Temple stairs.

Temple stairs.

 
Temple of a thousand warriors seen through the trees.

Temple of a thousand warriors seen through the trees.

 



Temple of the warriors.

The temple of the warriors.

 



Columns of the temple of a thousand warriors.

Columns belonging to the temple of a thousand warriors.

 
An ancient temple.

An ancient temple.

 
Many old pillars.

Many old pillars.

 
Remaining pillars.

Some of the remaining pillars.

 
Some lonely columns.

Some lonely columns.

 



Some of the thousand columns.

Some of the thousand columns.

 



Another ruin.

Another ruin.

 



The old city wall.

The old city wall.

 
Traditional hut.

Traditional hut.

 



Small platform in the forest.

Small platform in the forest.

 
Steps going up the Osario.

Steps going up the Osario.

 



The Osario.

The Osario.

 



Path that runs throughout the whole site.

Path that runs throughout the whole site.

 
The stairs for going up the observatory temple.

The stairs for going up the observatory temple.

 
The observatory temple.

The observatory temple.

 
Ruins.

Ruins.

 
A structure of the las Monjas complex.

A structure of the las Monjas complex.

 
The las Monjas complex.

The las Monjas complex.

 
Ruins of the las Monjas complex.

Ruins of the las Monjas complex.

 
La Iglesia building.

La Iglesia building.

 



Nice view of the observatory temple.

Nice view of the observatory temple.

 



Another temple.

Another temple.

 



The observatory temple.

The observatory temple.

 
The layers of the Osario.

The layers of the Osario pyramid.

 



The central pyramid and the temple of the warriors in the background.

The central pyramid and the temple of the warriors in the background.

 
The pyramid on a sunny day.

The pyramid on a sunny day.

 
Stone carvings in the wall.

Stone carvings in the wall.

 
Classic view.

Classic view.

 
Another view of the temple of Kukulkan.

Another view of the temple of Kukulkan.

 
The stairs leading to the top.

The stairs leading to the top.

 
Temple of the warriors on a sunny day.

Temple of the warriors on a sunny day.


Internet sites with travel information about Chichen Itza

A visit to Chichen Itza is straightforward as it is a walled site. Some general information can be found on Wikipedia and Wikitravel. There is some more information on ChichenItza.com. It does not have its own airport, so the closest and most used one is Cancun international airport. If you are already in Yucatan, the best way of getting there is by ADO bus. There are several travel guides which include Chichen Itza with the best known one the Lonely Planet and another online resource Virtual tourist.


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Last update: 28/07/2013