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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

The Mayan people are most well known for their advanced knowledge and brilliance regarding astrology, as well as for their incredible resilience. The stone remnants of their civilisation can be found spread throughout Mexico and Central America. Chichen Itza, with its famous pyramids and temples, is the Yucatan's most visited ancient Mayan site, set in the jungle and said to have been inhabited for more than 2,000 years. It was the centre of political, economic and military power, and controlled trade in the region.

The main attraction at Chichen Itza is the Pyramid of Kukulkan (the plumed serpent god), or El Castillo, a grand pyramid topped by a temple that dominates the site. Each side has a stairway and the top affords excellent views over the area. Inside the pyramid is a smaller pyramid, the inner sanctum, containing one of the greatest finds on the site, the brilliant red jaguar throne with jade spots, inlaid eyes and real jaguar teeth.

During the spring and autum
Website: www.chichenitza.com
Transportation: Bus services from CancĂșn or Playa del Carmen (2.5hrs by bus)
Opening Time: Daily 9am-5pm. Lighting and sound show begins 7pm (8pm in spring and summer).
Admission: MXN 98, including show. Translation headphones are MXN 25 each.

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