Exploring Cancun Part 2: Chichen Itza

The Pyramid of Kukulkan, El Castillo

The Pyramid of Kukulkan, El Castillo, is the main attraction at Chichen Itza

The day after Xcaret, we took a tour bus out to Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of World. Chichen Itza is located about two and a half hour drive away from Cancun in the state of Yucatan and is a Pre-hispanic Mayan City. There is a lot to Chichen-Itza’s history and I would recommend reading this Fact Sheet to learn a little bit about the history and culture surrounding this amazing city. There are some more links at the bottom of this post to websites with additional information about this incredible place.

Stops at Zaci Cenote and Valladolid

To break up the long drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza, the tour stopped at the Zaci Cenote and the city of Valladolid, an architecturally Spanish Colonial city. Below are views of the cenote and city.

Looking outward from the inside of the denote

Looking outward from the inside of the Zaci Cenote

The swimmers just jumped from the ledge into the cenote

Swimmers cooling off from the hot summer day in the cenote water

The church in front of the town square

Spanish Colonial style of the architecture

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World History site for a good reason. It is an ancient relic of the pre-hispanic Mayan culture. There is a lot of history, culture, and art preserved at this site. There are links to informative sites at the bottom of the post that explain the significance of this site. Below are pictures from our visit.

A feathered serpent detail in Chichen Viejo, Chichen Itza

A feathered serpent detail in Chichen Viejo, Chichen Itza

El Caracol (The Snail), the Observatory

El Caracol (The Snail), the Observatory

The Church in the Nuns Complex

The Church in the Nuns Complex

Details of the art on the church; the faces represent Chac, the god of rain and lightening

Details of the art on the church; the faces represent Chac, the Mayan god of rain and lightening

Proof that we were there

Proof that we were there

The top of the Pyramid

The top of the Pyramid

The head of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent, at the base of the Pyramid

The head of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent, at the base of the Pyramid

If you look closely, you can see remnants of the original colors used on the relief drawings

If you look closely, you can see remnants of the original colors used on the relief drawings; according to our guide, the city was originally very colorful

The Sacred Ball Court

The Sacred Ball Court

The Warriors Temple

The Warriors Temple

Columns

Columns

Cenote Sagrado, where the Mayans sacrificed warriors and virgins

Cenote Sagrado, where the Mayans sacrificed warriors and virgins

 

You can find more pictures from our trip on our Cancun Fun Photo Journal Page.

 

More Information

You can find more information about Chichen Itza from the following websites:

You can find out more information about the Mayan religion at RegligionFacts.com

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