Chichen Itza, Yucatan

The main attraction of this archaeological site in Yucatán peninsula, Mexico, is the central pyramid, El Castillo. Built by the Maya between the 1000 and 1200 A.D., it is one of the most astonishing monuments in the Western Hemisphere.  

Check out nearby cave of Balankanche, which was discovered by a tour guide in the late 1950s. Among the huge glittering stalagmites you’ll see artifacts that remained untouched for centuries.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “In the Mexican Origin” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.

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