The old Mayan city of Chichen Itza is located in the north end of the Yucatan peninsula. The site lies regarding a 2 1/2 hour drive down the toll way from Cancun. It is feasible to see the site in a field trip from Cancun, as well as most visitors have the tendency to do simply that. It starts getting busy around 10:00 a.m as the trip bus's begin to coming in. The site covers about 4 square mile of ground, so it takes quite a bit of time to discover all the ruins. We do recommend that you reach Chichen Itza later on in the afternoon when the crowds have actually started to quiet down and you are still around for the light show at night.
While at Chichen Itza you will see the Pyramid of Kukulcan. The Maya thought that Kukulcan was a feathery serpent who reigned throughout a golden age and also left by the eastern sea, however not before promising to return once more. Two sides of the pyramid have actually been restored while the other two remain original. The Maya had a sophisticated understanding of astronomy. This building is an example of their expertise. For instance, there are exactly 365 steps to the top of the pyramid, one action for every day of the year. And yearly on both the springtime and the fall equinox the sunlight hits the framework in such a manner to create the illusion of a shadow in the shape of a serpent which relax the stairs in a journey toward the sacred Cenote.
There are ground rivers located in the area. The Cenote is almost perfectly rounded, and had extremely high sides, making it difficult for anybody who comes under the water making their way back out. There are tales of Mayan young people being thrown into the Cenote as sacrifices to appease the gods. This is also a theory of how the civilisation ended with the water being contaminated.
Chichen Itza is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The light show begins at 7:00 p.m.in the autumn and winter months as well as at 8:00 p.m in the spring and also summer season. Comfortable walking footwear is recommended and also bring water as the temperature gets hot throughout the day. Whilst you enjoy your trip don't forget the camera to get those great pictures of this wonderful landmark!