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Historical Mayan Wonder

The ancient city of Chichen Itza existed as far back as 750 A.D. It contained stone temples, arcades, and stepped pyramids which acted as the center of the pre-Hispanic Maya Empire and reflected their joint beliefs in the importance of astronomy.

The existing ruins were once a flourishing complex connecting the Maya and Toltec universal vision which revolved around the calendar. This is still apparent at the Temple of Kukulkan, each of its four sides containing 91 steps to the upper platform which completes 365 in total - one for each day of the year.

Visitors of the family-friendly landmark and archaeological wonder are no longer permitted to climb the pyramid steps or any of the structures. But the UNESCO World Heritage Site provides stunning sightseeing and cultural education. Tours are definitely encouraged.

Utrip Tips

*It's a little over a two hour drive to reach Chichen Itza from Cancun. However, this world wonder is worth the trip.

*We recommend getting there early to beat the crowds.

Open in Google Maps: Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

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