Attractions in Chichen Itza

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Surprise, surprise!  Everything in Chichen Itza revolves around the Mayan ruin on the same name.  People travel to Mexico from around the world on a regular basis specifically to see this pre-Colombian city that was swiftly abandoned for reasons that remain unknown.  After you've taken your time to explore the grounds, you can expand your sights to other attractions in the area, many of which continue to offer more insight into the mysterious Mayan culture. 

Landmark Attractions

Chichen Itza

A common landmark for vacationers is Chichen Itza. It is located in the heart of Chichen Itza. Located on the Chichen Itza compound are a collection of 17 ruins waiting for visitors to explore, many of which have been restored to their former glory using the same materials as the Mayas originally did. Important structures here include El Castillo, or the Temple of Kukulcan, a massive temple with stairs running up both sides and watched over by two serpent heads.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is El Caracol. It can be found at Chichen Itza and located in Chichen Itza. This early observatory has windows that line up with different constellations at different parts of the year, allowing the Mayas to keep track of the seasons. In addition to the stars, the Mayas also tracked the sun, allowing them to predict the seasons and best harvesting time.

Chichen Itza Ball Court: This playing field of an old Maya game still stands, and used to be a very important part of Maya ceremonial life. After the games, one of the teams was sacrificed, however, researchers are still not sure if it was the losers or the winners who were killed.

But that's not all -- you'll be able to find quite a few other choices. For a better look at other enjoyable places to visit in this area, follow this link.

Parks

Ik Kil Cenote

Visitors can spend some time in a park nearby.

Ik Kil Cenote is located 1.8 mi. Southeast of central Chichen Itza. The Il Kil Cenote is relatively easy to find, set just off he Merida-Valladolid Highway.

Parks Near Chichen Itza
Name Type Location
Ik Kil Cenote Park 1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Chichen Itza Mexico
 

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