You may remember studying ancient Mayan civilizations in your high school or college history class. If so, the iconic shape of the Mayan pyramid – complete with walls of imposing stairways to the top – is familiar to you. These pyramids, along with temples, columned arcades and a myriad of other stone structures were all a part of the sacred aspects of Mayan life.
All of these and more have been excavated – and continue to be excavated – at Chichen Itza.
Mix Adventure and Culture Via Chichen Itza Tours Near Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza was one of the most prolific cities in Mayan civilization. It was considered a sophisticated urban city center for the Mayan empire from AD 750 to 1200. One of the most interesting things about this archeological site, which was added to the World Heritage Site list in 1988, is the diversity of the architecture. This has led many archeologists and historians to believe that Chichen Itza’s inhabitants enjoyed a diverse cultural heritage, the result of the Mayan’s complex trade relationships.
Today, tourists can visit the site daily, and nobody leaves without a sense of great respect and awe for the mathematical and scientific accomplishments of the Mayan ancestors. To understand just how intricate their understanding of geometry, physics, math, and astronomy was, one only needs to stand below the famous shape of the Temple of Kukulkan (El Castillo) on the spring and autumn equinoxes when, according to National Geographic, “a shadow falls on the pyramid in the shape of a serpent. As the sun sets, this shadowy snake descends the steps to eventually join a stone serpent head at the base of the great staircase up the pyramid’s side.”
The event is truly fantastic, as is the bulk of what you will learn about Mayan civilization and all that was possible thousands of years before Copernicus and the western world learned the sun, not the earth, was the center of the universe and long before the advent of electricity, gadgets and modern technology. There are plenty of Chichen Itza tours near Playa del Carmen, however, not all are created equal. We recommend booking your stay at Playa Palms Hotel and letting our concierge reserve a high-quality tour that will ensure your experience of Chichen Itza to its fullest advantage.