Chichén Itzá was a large, pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people. Its ruins are Mexico’s most popular attraction as they offer a glimpse into the period 550 AD when they were created.
As a new Seven Wonder of the World, most tourists come to see the iconic Temple of Kukulkan (also known as El Castillo). However, the site has much more to offer including intricately carved temples and scenic forestry. There’s a lot to explore in Chichén Itzá. As well as the Temple of Kukulkan, there is a Temple of Warriors which is named because of the carved columns depicting warriors that surround the outside.
If you don't have a lifetime to spare and want to absorb the magic of the Aztec and Mayan culture and ancient ruins, this deep dive in the Yucatán will enlighten you to the world of the ancient Maya at Chichén Itzá and the dense jungles of Palenque. Snorkel Caribbean reefs and catch the sun on vanilla white sand. Merida will also be a port of call, with some of the world's most impressive ceynotes. This is an all encompassing, bookitlist ticking adventure of a lifetime.
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To avoid the cold, wet weather, you should visit Mexico between November and April.
Chichen Itza's primary purpose was to serve as a religious centre for the local people. Today, it brings people together from all across the world to marvel at its beauty.
For an adult, it is approximately $13. On Sundays, it’s free for Mexicans to visit so you should expect it to be a lot busier.
Layered bands of red rock that coil through Nevada's desert and splinter the Earth beneath them with depth of up to 1,829 metres.
The world's most famous mauseleum and jewel of Agra is pinned to the spiritual banks of the river Yamuna, and is rightfully revered as one of the world's most astounding buildings.
The only temple deemed sacred (and beautiful) enough to be placed on the national flag of it's country.