Chichen Itza was named one of the “New 7 wonders of the World” in 2001, and is a spectacular archeological site found only a few hours from Cancun, Mexico. Each year on the spring equinox, the angle of the setting sun will create a shadow in the shape of a serpent that is a sight to see! Are you planning to vacation in the Cancun area on March 20th? If you are, you are in luck! Make sure to schedule a day to see this incredible image for yourself in person. Read below to learn why a day trip to these magnificent ruins is one of Cancun’s top activities for visitors.
Chichen Itza is an Ancient Mayan Site
Surrounded by the lush jungle of the Yucatan peninsula, Chichen Itza is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is an incredible place to visit if you are in the Cancun area. Chichen Itza was named by historians as the most important Mayan capital city during the Classic Period. It is also the largest archeological city found on the Yucatan Peninsula. Many of the city’s original structures are still standing and in good condition. If you are planning a trip to Cancun, make sure you plan a day trip to Chichen Itza. It is a very popular tourist destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula, and without a doubt one of the most magical and spectacular Mayan ruins in all of Mexico. There is something truly magical about stepping back in time when you visit an archaeological site where the Mayans lived.
Chichen Itza Important Structures
At Chichen Itza, the most well known structure is El Castillo. El Castillo is also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, an enormous pyramid found in the center of Chichen Itza. The huge stepped pyramid is visible from pretty much every spot throughout the ruins. The 6.5 square km old city prospered from about 600 AD into the 13th century. Many original graphic stone carvings are still visible so that visitors today can enjoy them as well. At Chichen Itza, important sites to explore include the ball field, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Wall of the Skulls. Cancun climate is warm and sunny year round, so don’t forget your hat and sunscreen if you tour the ruins during the day. Evening visitors will be rewarded with an impressive lights and sound show that highlight the intricate architecture of the stone buildings and structures.
Schedule a Tour OR Explore Chichen Itza Alone
There are many tour operators that offer private or group tours to Chichen Itza. The majority of the tours depart from Cancun early in the morning and return in the evening. This allows for a full day of fun and adventure at the site. Visitors that book tours will be transported via comfortably air conditioned vehicles to and from the ruins. You will have the added benefit of a tour guide who will offer interesting background information and facts about the ruins. Public transportation is also available if you prefer to travel on your own. When you arrive to the ruins, take your time exploring the ruins on your own so you can investigate every nook and cranny at your own speed. Admire the rich history of Chichen Itza that was once the largest Mayan empire in all of North America.
Even if you can’t make it to the ruins in time to catch a glimpse of the incredible Spring Equinox shadow serpent on March 20th, a visit to Chichen Itza is a must do activity in Cancun. A day trip to Chichen Itza is an ideal opportunity to enjoy nature and explore mysterious and ancient ruins at the same time.