The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Chichen Itza

El Castillo (The Castle) at Chichen Itza, Mexico

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Chichen Itza


A lot of things have been told about the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, we got to say that most of them are true, especially when it comes to its majesty and the fulfilling energy you feel when you are already there.

El Castillo

El Castillo (The Castle) at Chichen Itza, Mexico

This is one of the most known building of Chichen Itza and you can see it at the very entrance of the archaeological site. Take a break from your tour guide and appreciate it from every corner as possible, it’s truly breathtaking.

The Great Ball Court

Mayan Ball Court at Chichen Itza, Mexico

It is considered by Mexican and worldwide archaeologists as the largest ballgame court. Consider this is the place where Mayans from all over the Mesoamerican regions came across to enjoy their “Mayan World Cup”, can you picture it?

The Sacred Cenote

Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza, Mexico

This cenote is not fit to swim but it has got its charm. If you are not visiting Chichen Itza in a guided tour, you must know this is the place where Mayans used to make some rituals for their gods, as well as sacrifices, especially women and children, so they can ease their gods’ rage during some seasons.

El Caracol

El Caracol Observatory at Chichen Itza, Mexico

The Caracol building was the Mayan observatory. It takes its name from the spiral shape with which was built the staircase inside, very much alike a snail. Some archaeologists believe that the temple is aligned with the path of Venus.

Mayan Artwork

Authentic Mayan Artwork at Chichen Itza, Mexico

Also, as you walk throughout the site you can see authentic Mayan descendants crafting beautiful artwork you can take home as a souvenir, don’t forget yours!

If you are visiting the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza soon, don’t forget to bring an umbrella, sun lotion and a bottle of water. Also, if you are planning to bring a videocamera, there’s a fee you should pay upfront before entering the site, whether you are on a guided trip or not.

Tell us about your experience and which building or part of this millennial Mayan civilization did you like the most? We’ll love to read your opinion!


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