Sunday, December 5, 2010

Chichen Itza, A Travel Guide

By Rob Sanchez

If you are looking for the perfect holiday, one that is rich in history and excitement, you should consider a trip to Chichen Itza. This site is simply amazing and this historic wonder is considered to be among the new Seven Wonders of the World. Every moment of your time spent here will be forever etched in your memory.

This historic site is located close to Cancun, Mexico. If you have already planned a trip to Cancun to enjoy some fun in the sun, you can easily reach Chichen Itza by bus or car. A day trip to this site will get you out of the excitement of Cancun and transport you to a calm atmosphere that is filled with a unique kind of excitement all its own. Visitors to Chichen Itza will be able to explore the many sides of Mexico and its culture.

Chichen Itza is an archeological site that mixes the styles of the Puuc and the Toltec. The numerous buildings feature sculptures representing the Mayan gods and other architecture that is delicately laid out and styled.

Some of the findings at this site date to as early as 1 AD to 250 AD. This discovery is located near a large well that was the center of Mayan activity. Due to the close proximity to the coastline, the city drew many that were coming in from the sea. Chichen Itza was known as a prominent social cent.

The city got its name from the well at the center of the city. Chichen Itza translates to Mouth of the Well of the Itza. The prominence of this city made it possible for the people of Itza to rule the entire Yucatan peninsula.

Nearly everybody agrees that the best time to visit this site is during the spring equinox. The spring equinox in this area is an archeoastronomical phenomenon that occurs on March 21st. During the equinox, when the shines equally on the Northern and Southern hemispheres, a serpent shaped projection from the sun can be seen as the sun sets.

This event is a tradition here at Chichen Itza. It is something people flock to see. The serpent projection appears to move about the temple and create a great illusion. This lasts for about 2 minutes, but it is time well spent. This is an unexplainable phenomenon that words can not do justice. The only way to truly appreciate it is to see it yourself.

People from all over the world have voted to make Chichen Itza one of the new Seven Wonders of the World because of the fame of the Mayan temple city. This city holds great importance to the Mayan people and remains an important historic location.

The various areas of the site are truly gems. From the Kukulkan pyramid to the Chac Mool temple to the Hall of the Thousand Pillars. The structures remaining are amazing. They add to the general charm of the area and allow visitors to fully respect this long age fallen city.

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