Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is an archaeological site located on the ruins of a large city built by the Mayan civilization in present-day Yucatán, Mexico. The site is now home to the remains of several structures diverse in their architecture and design. The most famous of these is the Temple of Kukulkan (popularly known as El Castillo), a step pyramid that stands 98 feet tall and consists of nine square terraces. Visitors used to be able to scale El Castillo, but this was discontinued in 2006 to prevent erosion of the temple steps; now, families are free to gaze at the structure and imagine it as the center of bustling Mayan life. Nearby, there are 13 ball courts that served as the venue for an ancient Mesoamerican ballgame; the Great Ballcourt, the largest and best preserved of these structures, features walls with rings carved in the shape of feathered serpents. Another structure, the Temple of the Warriors, consists of a large stepped pyramid surrounded by columns depicting warriors. There are numerous tours that take visitors on an in-depth journey through these ruins; the site is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Please take care to wear sunscreen and bring water, especially in the summer, as the temperature can rise above 100 degrees. Crowds are especially heavy during the spring and summer equinox.
Address: Chichen Itza, Mexico| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am - 5 pm More Info
Price: 6$ (85 pesos) More Info