Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza

The name Chichen Itza  comes from the words ("mouth") and ch'en ("well"), and literally means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza". Being the best preserved Mayan cities and the most famous, Chichen Itza is the most visited archaeological site and is an ideal resort for any tour in Mexico. Chichen Itza is located in Yucatan and is about 200 kilometers from Cancun, which is easily accessible by bus.

Arrived in the Mayan site you will lose the words in front of the Pyramid of Kukulkan, 25 meters high and also known as the Castillo.
Ideal representation of the Mayan calendar, the pyramid is typically "climbed" by tourists who are always recommended to pay attention in going up and down the steep stairs. Its four steps, with 90 steps each represent 360 days; the last four steps and the platform at the top represents the 5 unlucky days.

In 2007, the site has been included among the seven wonders of the world.

Close to the Castillo stands the Temple of the Warriors who boasts at the entrance the statue of Chac Mool and a "forest of columns" alongside.
To sum up it is interesting to stop at Caracol - astronomical observatory in the form of a spiral - and pay attention to the Juego de Pelota, the court which hosted the  challenges of this ancient game that is still in good condition.

Near Chichen Itza you can also visit the sites of Ekbalam (northeast) and Edzna, where there is a wide network of wells and channels.