One of the 7 Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza

One of the most important archaelogical sites in Mexico, located in the state of Yucatán and it was part of the Mayan civilization. As well as Chichen Itza and the Cenote of Sacrifices were and still are sacred places for then Maya.

It’s part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1988, and each year the site is visited by more than a million people, so I guess you can say it’s very popular with tourists. The most outstanding pyramd of the Mayan city is called Kukulcan AKA El Castillo, this structure represents the importance of astronomy in its culture.

The temple has 365 steps, one for each day of the year. Each of the temple’s four sides has 91 steps, and the top platform makes the 365th.

You’ve probably heard about the shadow of the serpent that falls off the pyramid, well this happens twice year during the equinox of spring and autumn, when the sun is setting the shadow serpent descends on the pyramid until it joins a stone serpent head. Their astronomical knowledge was so advanced they could even predict solar eclipses. Incredible, isn’t it?

Don’t forget to visit this amazing archaelogical site and for a better sight of the Mayan city I advise you to arrive early, it’s less crowded and it can get very hot during the summer after noon.

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