Chichén Itzá Mexico 7th-12th centuries
Chichén Itzá is the largest of the ancient Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. A center of Mayan pilgrimage for over 1,000 years, it is now one of Mexico's most-visited tourist destinations.
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- Chichén Itzá"Well of the Itzáes"
- 20.683561° N, 88.569031° W
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 29, 2011
It can take a whole day to see the extensive ruins of ChichÃ©n ItzÃ¡, which occupy 2.5 square miles. The site has two areas: the central "new" zone, which shows distinct Toltec influence, and the southern "old" zone, with mostly Puuc architecture. The most well-known monuments are in the new zone. At the entrance is a large, modern visitors' center that includes a museum, a restaurant, bathrooms, and a bookstore. Here there are licensed guides who speak Spanish or English available for hire. continue reading →