THANKS TO ITS NEARLY 1,000-YEAR HISTORY ,THE SACRED CITY OF Chichen Itza is the most culturally and archaeologically significant destination of the Yucatán Peninsula and is venerated as the quintessential site of Mayan-Toltec civilization.
Located in the municipality of Tinum in the Mexican state of Yucatán, this fascinating pre-Columbian city of Chichen Itza takes you back to the times of the Mayan empire as you find yourself in what used to be the dazzling epicenter of this sophisticated ancient civilization from A.D. 750 to 1200. From its temples and columned arcades to its stepped pyramids and stone monuments, Chichen Itza reveals all that was sacred to the Mayan people as you experience first-hand the Toltec vision of the universe, which was reflected in the night skies of the Yucatán Peninsula.
The Temple of Kukulkan, also called El Castillo, is the focal point and most-visited site of Chichen Itza, which spans 125 kilometers West of Cancun and Cozumel. Here, you can witness the astounding accuracy of Mayan astronomy and science in all its glory as you behold the cosmological symbolism of the immaculate pyramid with its 18 terraces, 52 panels and 365 steps.
“The Maya’s astronomical skills were so advanced they could even predict solar eclipses, and an impressive and sophisticated observatory structure remains on the site today,” as National Geographic cites.
Another masterpiece of Mesoamerican architecture that must be experienced when visiting Chichen Itza is the Temple of the Warriors, which is also known as the Temple of the Thousand Columns. Located across from the El Castillo, the Temple of the Warriors features ancient pillars, paintings, relief sculptures and even an ancient ball park, known as the Great Ball Court! This incredibly intriguing remnant of Mayan culture is lined with carvings that depict the rules of the ancient sport.
We highly recommend our guests here at the Playa Palms Boutique Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen to visit the city of Chichen Itza while on vacation here in the Yucatán. Contact us or stay tuned to our blog for more vacation tips and ideas for an authentic Playa del Carmen experience.