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The most widely studied; excavated and restored of more than any other Mayan Cities is Chichen Itza. Midway Cancun and Merida on the Yucatan peninsula, the ruins of Chichen Itza, better known as El Castilo(Castle) was recently voted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. I used to think that such things win the attraction of only intellectuals, historians but to my awe this place captured my whole attention. I was all the more excited to know more and more about the Mayan Civilization.

Chichen Itza is home to nine ball courts, which used to host famous Mayan Ball Game. The acoustics of the ball court are so good that from the North Temple, a person speaking can be heard clearly at the opposite end, about 443 feet away. There is a temple at each end of the ball court. The North Temple, The Temple of Jaguars, Temple of skulls, Platform of the eagles, Platform of Venus (also called the Tomb of Chac – Mool) , temple of warriors, Group of the thousand columns, Tomb of the high Priest, Temple of the grinding stones, little holes and much more. The memories remain fresh in my mind but names have faded. Sorry!! (I’m poor at remembering the names).

Chichen Itza

The guide service can be availed in front of the pyramid who will tell you many interesting stories. One such interesting stories which already have created a stir in the entire World is that on Dec. 22, 2012, the great warrior serpent Kukulkán will rise from the ground beneath the playing field and end the world for good. (Believe at your discretion). Mayan civilization influence can be seen in most of the built structures in the southern area that thrived here between 700 A.D. to 400A.D. The most impressive structure is the Caracol, named for its curved inner stairway reminiscent of a snail. Also known as the Observatory, this tower was used for astronomy. Its windows were aligned with the four cardinal directions and the position of the setting sun at the equinoxes.

Chichen Itza is the mostly visited site by the tourists and if you are also planning to drop in then make sure that you start early otherwise you will have to bear the scorching heat of the Sun apart from the crowd of the people flocking the pyramid. Don’t dare to miss the evening and light show, I bet upon that with the days’ extensive knowledge being poured into your mind, the music will tranquil your senses. So make a trip for two days to get a good understanding of the site. There is much more in store than the archaeological panorama. It offers birding, eco-cultural experiences with the local Mayan community, and Mayan spa treatments. A 10 minutes drive from Chichen Itza will land you in Yokdzonot village where you can avail Ecohotel and Camping services.

Chichen Itza, Mexico