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"Well of the Itzáes" Chichén Itzá
Mexico  country
North America  continent
Main date(s)
7th-12th centuries
20.683561° N, 88.569031° W
Opening hours
Daily 8-5

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Description of Chichén Itzá

It can take a whole day to see the extensive ruins of Chichén Itzá, 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. A guide is not necessary, especially if you have a map or guidebook, but he or she can point out details you might otherwise miss and tell interesting stories about the ruins.

Holly Hayes
October 29, 2011

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