The ruins of Chichén Itzá are among the most impressive archaeological sites of the Americas; certainly among the largest and best maintained sites in Mexico. Listed by UNESCO, the site was also crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. It is actually two cities: one that was ruled by the Mayans during the sixth to the 10th century; the other a Toltec-Mayan city that emerged around the year 1000 A.D. Most of the prominent buildings were developed during the city's "rebirth" under Toltec rule. During a guided tour, visit the sites of major interest including the Temple of Kulkulkán, the ball court and the observatory.
Despite being an extremely popular tourist attraction, Chichén Itzá still maintains its grandeur and remains one of the most impressive and well restored archeological sites from the Maya Classic period. We recommend that you stay overnight at one of the nearby hotels and go to the site at first light or in the late afternoon to beat the coaches. Apart from being crowded, it will be seriously hot around midday. After hours visits are also possible. The main temple of Kukulkán is particularly spectacular at the Equinox ceremonies of light and shadow.
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