Chichen Itza: the marvel of the Mayan world
This invaluable place allows us to look into one of Mexico’s most enigmatic cultures and its magnificent past.
It once was the most prominent capital of the Mayan world; a symbol of power and place of tribute to the gods. Today, Chichen Itza is an amazing archeological area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
It was founded around the year 3000 BC by Mayan travelers that came from the southeast. In 987 AD, it became the capital of the League of Mayapán, a military alliance of the northern Yucatán Peninsula that dissolved into conflict about two centuries later. When the Spaniards arrived, they found a wondrous architectural complex that was by then the primary pilgrimage center in the Peninsula.
Chichen Itza is invaluable to understand one of Mexico’s most enigmatic cultures and the country’s pre-Hispanic past. More than a Mayan city, it was a place of cultural encounters, with influence from the cultures of central Mexico, such as the Tolteca. It has become a symbol of pride and an icon of their identity for all Mexicans.
Furthermore, it’s one of the best preserved examples of Mayan architecture. The main building, an impressive pyramid-like structure known as The Castle, is not only a religious monument, but also a demonstration of advanced astronomical knowledge. Each year during the Spring and Autumn equinoxes, the setting sun creates the illusion that Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god, descends along the balustrade of the main staircase.
Travelers from all around the world come to Chichen Itza to marvel at its grandeur. Around 1 million people visit the ancient city every year, which has now become a site for modern pilgrimages.
Chichen Itza is definitely an unmissable spot in every trip to the Mayan Riviera. Mystikal Wanders, AZULIK’s private tour service, can take you to visit this amazing place in a bespoke discovery experience. Venture to a site full of ancient wisdom and unsolved mysteries, where you can savor the culture and explore the marvels of the past.