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Why Chichen Itza is special


Of the many major Mayan ruins in Central America, the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Yucatan, Mexico is the best preserved


Mayans
The Mayans were an advanced society. They invented the calendar, devised a hieroglyphic-style writing system, had observatories to map the stars, and built thriving cities like Chichen Itza in the midst of the relentless tropical jungle.

Abandoned
For reasons unknown, Chichen Itza was abandoned in the 10th century - and was soon overrun by jungle growth



The pyramid
Many key buildings have been reclaimed, including the famous Chichen Itza pyramid (see photo). Four broad stairways lead up to the temple at the top, which affords an excellent view of the overall Chichen Itza site. Be forewarned: The exceptionally steep 91-step descent is not for acrophobics.

Two other major attractions
Other Chichen Itza highlights include the wide-and-deep sacrificial Cenote well (human victims were tossed into it alive) and the embellished Ball Court (competing teams tried to hurl a ball through a tiny ring hung high on the wall).

What leading travel books say about Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is overwhelming in its scale, architectural beauty, and history of violence.
Exploring Mexico
Fodor's

The majestic ruins of Chichen Itza is one of the most attractive ancient cities in the world.
Mexico
Michelin Green Guides

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