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The most famous mayan city

Chichen Itza is the most famous Mayan city in the Yucatan Peninsula. It's also in a lot better shape than the other ruins, by a pretty wide margin. I was hoping to be able to climb one of the pyramids as I had done at the ruins in Coba, but unfortunately they no longer allow this. Apparently it was allowed a few years ago but I imagine that there were so many tourists that they had to take measures to ensure the conservation of the ruins.

Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the world and, as you'd expect, if full of both tourists and local vendors hawking souvenirs. My favorite part was the iconic pyramid ("El Castillo" to the locals) which is 24 meters high and has 356 steps. It was built with astronomical symbolism and the Mayans performed sacrifices in the Sacred Cenote nearby. Also, you can't miss the Temple of the Warriors, the Thousand Columns, and the El Caracol observatory.
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Chichen Itza is one of those places you could spend all day visiting and soaking up the energy that this ancient place exudes. The more you walk around, the more you begin to feel what like must have been like in this Mayan city built so many centuries ago.
Raul Clemente
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Very impressive

Very impressive! Go as early as you can to avoid long lines, heat, and large crowds. Make sure you have a guide.
Maria Del Mar Ortiz-Bertolo

One of the most amazing sights!

One of the most amazing sights!
Brittany McCubbin
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Gorgeous place

I`ve been many times, gorgeous place with lost of rich history.
la pata

Mexico is a country full of magic and landscapes

Cristian Aravena
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Flavia Ramos
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Chichen itza is one of the major arch...

Chichen Itza is one of the major archaeological sites in Yucatan, Mexico, a unique remnant of the most important pre-Columbian civilizations: The Maya. Although the main buildings belong there remain at the time of the decline of the Mayan culture, can not be considered the site as one of the best examples of this culture and the proof is not found in Mayan glyphs place. Indeed, massive architecture that has survived to this day and is now emblematic of the site, has a distinct Toltec influence. The same God who presides over the site, Kukulcan, is a reincarnation (so to speak) of god Quetzalcoatl departed the Toltec pantheon. That said, consider that Chichen Itza was a city1 or a ceremonial center, which went through various periods constructive and influences of the various peoples who occupied it and promoted it from its foundation. The archaeological site of Chichen Itza was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1988. On July 7, 2007, was recognized as one of the "New Wonders of the World", by a private initiative without the support of Unesco, but with the recognition of millions of voters around the world.

Chichén Itzá es uno de los principales sitios arqueológicos de Yucatán, México, vestigio excepcional de una de las civilizaciones prehispánicas más importantes: La maya. Aunque al pertenecer las edificaciones principales que ahí perduran a la época de la declinación de la propia cultura maya, no se puede considerar al sitio como uno de los máximos exponentes de tal cultura y prueba de ello es que no se han encontrado glifos mayas en el lugar.

En efecto, la arquitectura masiva que ha llegado hasta nuestros días y que hoy es emblemática del yacimiento, tiene una clara influencia tolteca. El dios mismo que preside el sitio, Kukulcán, es una reencarnación (por así decirlo) de Quetzalcóatl dios que partió del panteón tolteca. Dicho esto, hay que considerar que Chichén Itzá fue una ciudad1 o un centro ceremonial, que pasó por diversas épocas constructivas e influencias de los distintos pueblos que la ocuparon y que la impulsaron desde su fundación.

La zona arqueológica de Chichén Itzá fue inscrita en la lista del Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco en 1988. El 7 de julio de 2007, fue reconocida como una de las "Nuevas Maravillas del Mundo", por una iniciativa privada sin el apoyo de la Unesco, pero con el reconocimiento de millones de votantes alrededor del mundo.
Juan Manuel Sole
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Chichen itza discover the mystical mayan world visiting their emblematic city.

Its name Chichen Itza Mayan Derives from the words: "Chi" (mouth), "Che'en" (Well), "Itz" (Mage, Warlock) and "Ha" (water), to match the words get your mouth the well of the water witches. It was the capital city of ancient Maya empire, Recognized by play of light and shadow that looks every equinox on September 21 or March 21 at 3:00 pm to shape the body of a snake slithering. This effect is a symbol of the Kukulcan God descent (bird - serpent) to the earth, as well as the start and end of the agricultural cycle, According the Equinox. The Castle or Pyramid of Kukulcan is The most impressive temple in Chichen Itza renowned for the number of tombs found there and its endless 91 steps, as well as the impeccable architecture That stands by a stone feathered serpent. discover the mystical Mayan world visiting Their emblematic city. Itinerary - Tour start in your hotel and Directly to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza - Restaurant where the food is buffet style - CENOTE Ikil or Xkeken Where They are allowed to bathe in the fresh water - Valladolid where tourists have free time 30 min. - Return to your hotel is approximately 7:30 pm''

Chichen itza discover the mystical mayan world visiting their emblematic city.

Chichen Itza

Its name derives from the Mayan words: "Chi" (mouth), "Che'en" (Well), "Itz" (Mage, Warlock) and "Ha" (water), to match the words get your mouth the well of the water witches. It was the capital of ancient Maya empire, recognized by play of light and shadow that looks every equinox on September 21 or March 21 at 3:00 pm to shape the body of a snake slithering. This effect is a symbol of the Kukulcan God descent (bird - serpent) to the earth, as well as the start and end of the agricultural cycle, according the Equinox.
The Castle or Pyramid of Kukulcan is the most impressive temple in Chichen Itza renowned for the number of tombs found there and its endless 91 steps, as well as the impeccable architecture that stands by a stone feathered serpent.
discover the mystical Mayan world visiting their emblematic city.

- Tour start in your hotel and directly to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza
- Restaurant where the food is buffet style
- CENOTE Ikil or Xkeken where they are allowed to bathe in the fresh water
- Valladolid where tourists have free time 30 min.
- Return to your hotel is approximately 7:30 pm
Joel Iragorri
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Before we visited the ruins ... and t...

Before we visited the ruins ... and they had luggage at the reception, which was free as access to the ruins because it was Sunday, thanks thing pocket even occasionally. All I had to pay was a hefty surcharge ($ 4 U.S.) by the video camera, and not only here but in all of the Ruta Maya ruins .. This could be a small problem that I solved by introducing the video camera in a small backpack carrying Marta back. We without any problem. Walk about 300 meters along a wide road lined on its limits by a thick jungle vegetation appears one of the great Mayan pyramids, the Castle of Chichen-Itza. The Chichen Itza complex consists of other ruins, west of the castle is the site of the famous Mayan ball game, a road north going to the Sacred Cenote, also name the skulls Tzompantli or stone platform on which wore really stacked with function intimidate enemies of the Itza. Well and other too numerous to list and took us about five hours until the recorrerlas literally kicked us out at 17:00. The nightly light and sound explanations about Mayan history combined with light sets that are illuminated monuments. The voices of the narrators penetrating wrapped in a dark starry night and made my hair stand on end to anyone. There are chairs in a row facing the castle but people stretched around to watch the spectacle that is really worth. Starts at 19 pm so that once closed on 17h ruins have time to return to Pisté if you stayed there.

...Antes visitamos las ruinas ya que en la recepción tenían guardaequipajes, que era gratis como el acceso a las ruinas por ser domingo, cosa que el bolsillo agradece aunque sea de vez en cuando. Lo único que se había de pagar era un fuerte recargo (4 $ U.S) por la cámara de vídeo, y no sólo aquí sino en todas las ruinas de la Ruta Maya.. Esto podría ser un pequeño problema que solucioné introduciendo la cámara de vídeo en una pequeña mochila que llevaba Marta en la espalda. Pasamos sin ningún problema.
Caminando unos 300 metros a lo largo de un ancho camino bordeado en sus límites por una espesa vegetación selvática se aparece una de las grandes pirámides mayas, el Castillo de Chichén-Itzá.
El complejo de Chichén-Itzá se compone de otras ruinas, Al oeste del castillo está el recinto del famoso juego de la pelota maya, al norte un camino que va al Cenote sagrado, También nombrar el Tzompantli o plataforma de calaveras en piedra sobre las que se ponían apiladas las de verdad con la función de intimidar a los enemigos de los itzáes. En fin y otras que seria largo de enumerar y que nos llevaron unas cinco horas el recorrerlas hasta que literalmente nos echaron a las 17:00 horas.

El espectáculo nocturno de luz y sonido trata de explicaciones de la historia maya combinadas con juegos de luces que van iluminando los monumentos. Las voces penetrantes de los narradores envueltas en una noche estrellada y oscura hacían poner los pelos de punta a cualquiera.
Hay sillas en hilera frente al castillo pero la gente se estira por los alrededores para contemplar el espectáculo que vale realmente la pena. Comienza a las 19 h por lo que una vez que cierran las ruinas sobre las 17h da tiempo a volver a Pisté si estás alojado allí.
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Imprscindible in mexico

We went from Playa del Carmen and it took about 4 hours. On a tour of a lot cheaper than we offered in the hotel, but in a van with no air conditioning and we stopped twice along the way. I recommend you do not buy in the shops of the road and remember, nor gold, nor silver ... We were pretty sunburned Caribbean because we did not heed the warnings of mothers when they said, Take 50 protection! Luckily a couple warned us: ask an umbrella at the hotel, you will need .. We got there and I'm not exaggerating one bit when I say that we were almost at 50 ° (blessed umbrella) Our guide explained the history, the games in which the winner will cut off the head, the story of the snake, the observatory etc. .. In short, a must when you go to Mexico.

Impréscindible en méxico

Fuimos desde Playa del Carmen y tardamos unas 4 horas. En una excursión bastante más económica de las que nos ofrecían en el hotel, aunque en una furgoneta sin aire acondicionado y paramos dos veces durante el trayecto. Os recomiendo que no compréis en las tiendas de la carretera y recordad; ni es oro, ni es plata...
Íbamos bastante quemados por el sol caribeño porque no hicimos caso a las advertencias de las madres cuando decían; llévate protección del 50!! Menos mal que una pareja nos advirtió; pedid un paragüas en el hotel, os hará falta.. Llegamos allí y no exagero ni un poquito cuando os digo que estábamos casi a 50º (bendito paragüas) Nuestro guía nos explicó toda la historia, los juegos en los que al ganador le cortaban la cabeza, la historia de la serpiente, el observatorio etc... En fin, una visita obligada cuando vayáis a México.
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To visit chichén itzá

Located north of the Yucatan Peninsula contains one of the most significant archaeological sites in what refers to the Mayan world. Declared one of the new seven wonders of the modern world is one of the places you must visit in your life. A quick tour of its history dates back to its founding back in the V century AD. The city or religious and political center was abandoned and rebuilt several times in his life, the first inhabitants built a fairly dispersed village gave way to the new inhabitants of that years Itzaes afternoon turned the place into one of the great cities of northern Yucatán. The Toltecs many years later endowed the place still more greatness before his fall and the subsequent arrival of the Spanish. If we are lucky enough to visit the ruins in one of the equinopcios, optical enjoy a show where we will see a snake in the pyramid. This shows the great knowledge that the Maya had in astronomy. Currently they are finding ruins hidden in the jungle, which will gradually expand the archaeological. Located some 50 kilometers from Valladolid and Merida 120 can be easily reached by private car or bus network. We also recommend the option of hiring a tour if we are in one of the hotels in Rivera Maya, although the most expensive out we go it will enjoy the comforts of Tour such as a visit to one of the nearby cenotes as Ik Kil, a walk in Valladolid and enjoy a whole day guide. ''

De visita por chichén itzá

Situado al norte de la península del Yucatán encontramos una de las zonas arqueológicas más importantes en lo que al mundo maya se refiere. Declarada una de las nuevas siete maravillas del mundo moderno es uno de los lugares que uno debe visitar en su vida.

Un rápido recorrido por su historia nos remonta a su fundación allá por el siglo V d.C.. La ciudad o centro religioso y político fue abandonada y reconstruida varias veces en su vida, los primeros habitantes construyeron un núcleo urbano bastante disperso dejando paso a los nuevos habitantes los Itzaes que años más tardes convirtieron el lugar en una de las grandes ciudades del norte de Yucatán. Los toltecas muchos años después dotaron al lugar de más grandeza todavía antes de su caída y la posterior llegada de los españoles.

Si tenemos la suerte de poder visitar las ruinas en uno de los equinopcios, disfrutaremos de un espectáculo óptico donde veremos aparecer una serpiente en la pirámide. Esto nos demuestra los grandes conocimientos que tenía el pueblo maya en astronomía. Actualmente se están encontrando ruinas escondidas en la selva, que poco a poco irán ampliando el conjunto arqueológico.

Situada a unos 50 quilómetros de Valladolid y a unos 120 de Mérida podemos llegar fácilmente en coche privado o con la red de autobuses. También es recomendable la opción de contratar una excursión si nos encontramos en uno de los hoteles de Rivera Maya, aunque esta nos salga más cara que ir por libre disfrutaremos de las comodidades del Tour como puede ser la visita a uno de los cenotes cercanos como el de Ik Kil, un paseo por Valladolid y de disfrutar de un guía todo el día.

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Pyramid of chichen itza

An inventory of the ancient Maya the most famous if not the most famous. It owes its establishment to two particularly important in this region well. The pyramid has degrees damn (!) To peak, so much so that some of the descend backwards. It can get inside and we discover ... two tables to sacrifice! The macabre rites continue to hover over the site. Archaeologists have not yet penetrated the mysteries: the stage of the ball game it was especially a temple? Always be beheaded seven players from the losing team, and sacrificed? Why not also imagine that substituted for the heavy rubber ball, the heads of the vanquished were launched through the huge stone rings to close the propitiatory ceremony? Still, that next to the ballgame at Chichen Itza, Temple of Skulls cynically stretches in long processions, its superimposed friezes. In fact, in this medieval society, the frightening side of death was attenuated by the sacred and the transition to the world of Xibalba (the kingdom of the underworld in Mayan religion) was a necessary and positive step in the cosmic order.

Pyramide de chichen itza

Un des lieux de l'antiquité maya les plus célèbres pour ne pas dire le plus célèbre. Il doit son établissement à deux puits particulièrement importants en cette région.
La pyramide présente des degrés sacrément (!!!) à pic, à tel point que certains les redescendent à reculons. On peut pénétrer à l'intérieur et l'on découvre ... deux tables à sacrifice ! Les rites macabres continuent de planer sur le site.
Les archéologues n’ont pas encore percé tous les mystères : le stade du jeu de balle était-il surtout un temple ? Décapitait-on toujours les sept joueurs de l’équipe perdante, ainsi offerts en sacrifice ? Pourquoi ne pas imaginer aussi que, substituées à la lourde boule d’hévéa, les têtes des vaincus étaient lancées à travers les énormes anneaux de pierre pour clore la cérémonie propitiatoire ? Toujours est-il que, jouxtant le jeu de balle de Chichen Itza, le Temple des Crânes étire cyniquement, en longs cortèges, ses frises superposées. De fait, dans cette société médiévale, le côté effrayant de la mort était atténué par sa sacralisation et le passage au monde du Xibalba (le royaume des Enfers dans la religion maya) constituait une étape nécessaire et favorable à l’ordre cosmique.
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Chichen itza

Despite being the best preserved Mayan yacimeinto Peninsula, Chichen Itza archaeologists confused. And no wonder, the number of buildings for uses not know how many, so varied, suggests that you visit, whether it would be only part of a huge city that stretched far beyond what we could imagine. Suffice see the size and height of the pyramid of Kukulkan to dream of a giant metropolis rule Maya all over the Yucatan. So since we entered, it is not difficult to abstract and think for a while what the early explorers must have felt when they came to town and saw similar architectural wonders. The only bad thing is that it seems to be a magnet so powerful that is always full of visitors, whatever the time dle year.

Chichen itza

Pese a ser el yacimeinto maya mejor conservado de la península, Chichén Itzá confunde a los arqueólogos. Y no es para menos, la cantidad de edificios destinados a no se sabe cuantos usos, tan variados, lleva a pensar al que lo visita, si no sería sólo parte de una gigantesca ciudad que se extendía mucho más allá de lo que podríamos imaginar.
Baste ver el tamaño y la altura de la pirámide de Kukulkán para soñar con una gigantesca metrópolis maya que gobernaría todo el Yucatán.
Por eso desde que entramos, no es difícil abstraerse y por un rato pensar en qué habrán sentido los primeros exploradores cuando llegaron a la ciudad y vieron semejantes portentos arquitectónicos.
Lo único malo es que parece ser un imán tan potente que siempre está lleno de visitantes, sea cual sea la época del año.
Roberto Gonzalez
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Last year, when i was in mexico, more...

Last year, when I was in Mexico, more precisely in the last days because of my honeymoon, I went to Chichen Itza to see the equinox. The same was highly touted, as the serpent would descend the pyramid of Kukulkan in a certain way, different from most of the time, so it was said, you could not miss it. For the Maya, in step from autumn to winter (March 21), the feathered serpent Kukulcan effected its descent. Two very funny things happened to me that day: The primeta, I was interviewed by Televisa to all America, and the second (half-funny) is that to see the phenomenon of the descent of the snake must be sunny day, which was until now before the scheduled time. When we had to see the snake down, right then, totally clouded the day and we could not see it. Things that happen ...

El año pasado, cuando me encontraba en México, mas precisamente en los últimos días ya de mi luna de miel, me fui hasta chichén itzá a ver el equinoccio. El mismo fue muy promocionado, pues la serpiente bajaría por la pirámide de Kukulkan de una forma determinada, diferente a la mayoría de las veces, por lo que se decía, no podía uno perderseló.
Para la civilización maya, en el paso del otoño al invierno (21 de Marzo), la serpiente emplumada Kukulcán efectuaba su descenso.
Dos cosas muy graciosas me pasaron ese día: La primeta, fui entrevistado por TELEVISA para toda america; y la segunda (graciosa a medias) es que para ver el fenómeno del descenso de la serpiente el día debe ser soleado, cosa que ocurrió hasta momentos antes de la hora indicada. Cuando debíamos ver descender la serpiente, justo en ese momento, se nubló totalmente la jornada y no pudimos verlo. Cosas que pasan...
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