About Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, once a vast pre-Columbian city constructed and developed by the historic Mayan Civilization, is now a significant archaeological site. An outstanding example of Mayan culture, it attracts visitors from across the world to uncover the secrets and mysteries of Chichen Itza inside and also added to the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, elevating its appeal among visitors.

Chichén Itzá complex comprises the Observatory, the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court, and the most famous Mayan pyramid, EL Castillo or the Temple of Kukulkan. El Castillo, the site's main draw, is a 90-foot-tall pyramid with 365 steps that represent the number of days in a year. The Mexican government funded an excavation into Chichen Itza Por Dentro in the mid-1930s, which resulted in the discovery of two smaller pyramids, a staircase beneath the north side of the pyramid, and another temple beneath the larger one.

Visitors were permitted to view the inside of Chichen Itza from behind bars before 2006, after that only archaeologists had access. El Catillo continues to entice tourists to admire this feat of architecture and discover its religious significance for Mayans.

What’s Inside Chichen Itza?

What’s Inside Chichen Itza?
  • Chichen Itza comprises many structures, but the Pyramid of Kukulkan or El Castillo, located in the centre, is the main attraction.
  • Archaeologists have been investigating Chichen Itza inside for almost a century to know about its historical and architectural significance.
  • Devotees and tourists visit the site during the Spring and Fall Equinoxes to experience the magnificent Serpent shadow scene when the feathered serpent God Kukulcán is said to descend from the heavens, bless his followers on earth, and then proceed to Xibalba, the underworld.
  • El Castillo is one of the most recognisable Mesoamerican pyramids for its amazing radial symmetry, orderly steps, and temple. It was not meant to get inside as priests used its stairways to get to the temple located on the top of the structure.
  • Archaeologists found a second pyramid temple built between 800 and 1000 CE underneath the larger pyramid at Chichen Itza Por dentro during the 1930s excavation.
  • They discovered that the pyramid had nine levels, a stairway, a sanctuary with human remains, a jade-encrusted puma position of royalty, and a divine male figure, known as Chac Mool, who was seated and holding a bowl in the subsequent excavations.
  • In the middle of the 2010s, archaeologists used non-invasive imaging techniques to explore Chichen Itza inside and discovered one more pyramid underneath the other two. They presume it to be constructed between 550 and 800 CE and may have included an altar and a single stairway.

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Facts of Chichen Itza

Facts of Chichen Itza

Here are some facts about Chichen Itza:

  • Chichen Itza Por dentro, a complex of Mayan ruins thought to be around 1500 years old, is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
  • The name Chichen Itza is a combination of the Mayan words CHI (mouth), CHEN (well), and ITZA (of the Itza tribe).
  • El Castillo, a historic pyramid, is the tallest building in Chichen Itza at 98 feet tall and the complex's main attraction.
  • The Osario Pyramid, the Temple of the Warriors, the Temple of Xtoloc, the Great Ball Court, and the Observatory are some of the complex's other noteworthy buildings.
  • According to archaeologists' beliefs, Mayans used to perform human sacrifices at Chichen Itza inside to end the drought.
  • It is believed that Mayan astronomers closely observed the planet Venus at the observatory.
  • There are several "complexes" or zones at Chichen Itza, representing a distinct architectural style and developmental stage.
  • Numerous graveyard carvings on the Platform of Skulls were supposed to be used as a form of intimidation against adversaries.

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  • Monday to Sunday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm)

Best time:The best times to visit Chichen Itza are early in the morning right after the site opens, or late in the evening just before closing for pleasant weather and less crowd. Also, weekdays are preferred to enjoy the attraction with only a few people around.

Location: Yucatán, Mexico

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  • Stroll through the UNESCO world heritage site, see the holy pyramid temples, and gain insight into the old Mayan civilizations

  • Admire the outstanding architecture of sacred pyramids i.e. Great Ballcourts, Interior Temple, and Sacred Cenote

  • Head out to religious and ceremonial site of the Mexican state which served as a hub for politics, economy, religion, the military, and architecture

  • Grab an opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders with the Chichén Itzá tickets and delve into the ancient history of Mayan-Toltec culture

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Must Know Before You Go
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • The guided tour is in English & Spanish.
  • Lockers for bags and suitcases are available on-site.
  • The government tax is included in the ticket price.
  • Last admission will be done 1 hour before closing.
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