Riviera Maya Mayan Ruins - Chichen Itza
If you are planning a vacation to anywhere on the Yucatan Peninsula, including Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Cancun or Riviera Maya, you do not want to miss your opportunity to visit the remnants of a truly remarkable ancient society. The ancient Mayan civilization, that once dominated this region and still remains culturally influential in Mexico today, left behind some truly stupendous archaeological evidence of their advanced engineering and stone construction techniques. Chichen Itza is the most famous and most visited archaeological site in Mexico. Once a hub of an expansive empire, the buildings that remain at Chichen Itza allow us to imagine what life must have been like in this once-bustling ancient metropolis. Our knowledgeable and bilingual local guides will transport you to this amazing remnant of a remarkable ancient civilization aboard one of our air-conditioned coaches. You will learn all about this highly advanced civilization by strolling amongst its gargantuan ruins.
Perhaps the most iconic structure at Chichen Itza is the towering Kukulkan Pyramid. Also called "El Castille" or "the Castle," this gargantuan tribute to Mayan engineering climbs almost eighty feet into the sky. This pyramid is considered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Other interesting sites at Chichen Itza include the Great Ball Court, the Sacred Cenote, the Thousand Columns, the Temple of the Warriors, and more. You will see an astounding ancient astrological observatory as well as countless artistic carvings. The skill required to carve the elaborate sculptures and intricate friezes out of raw limestone will amaze you.