A spectacular archeological site near Cancun is Chichen Itza, and it was named as one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” in 2001. Chichen Itza is just a short ride from Cancun that takes approximately 2 ½ hours to arrive. On the Spring Equinox each year, the angle of the setting sun makes a shadow that creates an impressive serpent shape. It’s an incredible sight that you should see for yourself. On March 20th, will you be in Cancun, Mexico? If you will be in Cancun during this exciting time, then you will want to make sure you see this amazing site in person. Continue to read below to learn more information on why to visit Chichen Itza, especially during the Spring Equinox if possible.
The Magical Mayan City in Cancun
The Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle surrounds the Chichen Itza, which is an UNESCO World Heritage site. This magical city was given this designation by historians who recognized its importance during the Classic Period era. It happens to be the largest archeological city in the area, and thankfully many of the structures that were built so many years ago are still standing and in excellent condition even today. Chichen Itza is a must see spot for all visitors coming to Cancun as these magical Mayan ruins are stunning. It happens to be the most visited place on the Yucatan Peninsula in Cancun. It is a very special feeling when you can see how the Mayan people lived when you step back into time at Chichen Itza.
The Chichen Itza Highlights
The most popular and best known structure at Chichen Itza is the El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulcan. This is a massively large pyramid that is located in the middle of the Chichen Itza ruins. Anywhere you are throughout the ruins which are 6.5 square km in size, you can see this giant pyramid. Chichen Itza thrived with inhabitants living in the area from 600 A.D. up until the thirteenth century. Visitors today are still enjoying the original stone carvings that have survived hundreds of years. A few of the Chichen Itza highlights that you can see is the Temple of the Warriors, the ballfield, and the Wall of the Skulls. Before you arrive at Chichen Itza, you will want to make sure you have brought plenty of sunscreen and a hat, because it is quite warm and sunny year-round. If possible, you will want to stay in the evening because there provide a light and sound show that is simply inspiring. The lights illuminate the stone buildings at Chichen Itza ruins to create a dramatic and impressive vision.
Chichen Itza Tours
Thankfully, there are many Chichen Itza tours available. Chichen Itza tours depart from Cancun in the early morning hours, then they will bring you back to Cancun in the evening, which means you and your family will have a full day of adventure and fun. When you go to the ruins with a tour, you will ride in comfort as there is air conditioning transport provided. There will also be a tour guide that will be able to answer any questions you have at the ruins, and to provide you and information about the stone structure buildings. However, you don’t have to go on a group tour. You can take public transportation or drive yourself. When you arrive at the Chichen Itza, you can start exploring at your own pace. The Chichen Itza was the largest Mayan empire at one time in all of Central America.
If you are able to visit Chichen Itza during the Spring Equinox, then you will be in for a real treat. The Spring Equinox will occur on March 20th, and it is a must see spot if you are here in Cancun during that time. However, visiting Chichen Itza is a must do activity anytime you are vacationing in Cancun, Mexico.