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Chichen Itza

Duration: Half Day

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Deep into the jungles that lie between Mexico and Guatemala and that extend all the way into the limestone shelf of the Yucatan peninsula; stand the mysterious temples and pyramids of the Maya. Embark on a fascinating journey of this discovery to learn about the incredible Mayan people and their amazing constructions. On this full day excursion to the wonders of the sacred site known as Chichen Itza you will be able to explore the amazing ruins of this ancient and mystical civilisation.

The amazing tribes of Amerindians known as the Maya were amazing people that had a fascinating culture. Whilst Europe was still submerged in the midst of the Dark Ages, the Mayans had mapped out the heavens, developed the only true writing system native to the Americas and were true masters of mathematics. You’ll be amazed to learn that it was them who invented the calendars that we use today.

Without the use of metal tools, beasts of burden or the invention of the wheel, they were still able to build vast cities across an intricate jungle and all with an astonishing degree of detail and architectural perfection. And all of this you’ll be able to witness firsthand at the spectacular site of Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city that represents the most intact and impressive of the ruins of the Mayan Civilisations that the modern world still preserves.

Chichen Itza means “The Mouth of the Well” and it owes its name to its unique location in a sylvan area of limestone across which the rainwater slips and is held between the rocks of the subsoil, forming beautiful ‘cenotes’ that came to be the oasis of the community. Chichen Itza, like many other Mayan cities was mainly a ceremonial and spiritual site and not a commercial area. Around the year 800 A.D. the warlike tribes of ‘toltecas’ invaded Chichen Itza and here they performed human sacrifices as part of their rituals.

It is also known that the Mayans were famous for their brilliant and advanced astronomic discoveries and at Chichen Itza you will be able to see so for yourself. Be amazed at the sight of The Castle, a building that spills light into the impressive Mayan astronomical system. The building itself is in fact a massive Solar Calendar with 91 steps to each side and one leading straight to the altar. The calendar mechanism worked with the sun, as every day the shadow would fall on a different step. Thanks to The Castle the Mayans knew exactly when to sow their harvests.

Yet another astronomically oriented building is The Snail. This was a giant observatory with a dome on which many rituals and celebrations took place. The actual dome has many completely pigmented windows through which the stars can be seen in different windows according to specific dates. This magnificent invention is one of the pinnacles of the Mayan architectures which show us that they were real experts in astronomy and engineering.

And the last wonder to admire at before you leave this wondrous city is the amazing area that comprises the Cichen Itza’s Ball Game, the biggest in Mexico. This field was designed in a very similar way to the current areas of today’s football. The teams had to keep the ball going using everything except their hands and passing the ball through stone hoop was how points were scored. The size of this incredible game area at Chichen Itza indicates that many important games were played here.

On this enlightening day tour of discovery a delicious lunch will be included in the excursion as well as the company of a fully bilingual guide that will narrate the entire story behind the wonders you’ll encounter.

Chichen Itza (Regular)
Include: round trip tranportation, bilingual guide, lunch, entrance at Ik Kil Park and Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza (Delux )
Include: deluxe bus, bilingual guide, hostess service, continental breakfast, lunch, news paper and umbrellas for shade. Visit Valladolid City, entrance Ik Kil Park and Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza Light & Sound
Include: round trip transportation, buffet lunch, entrance at Ik Kil Park, Chichen Itza and to the light and sound show.

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