Chichén Itzá


The best restored and most unique of the Yucatán Peninsula’s Maya sites, Chichén Itzá’s architecture is a blend of highland central Mexican and Puuc styles.  The 25m high Pyramid of Kulkulcán is one of Chichén Itzá’s most impressive structures and a stone representation of the Maya calendar.  Unfortunately, most of the structures are roped off and closed to climbing and visiting the site feels sort of like visiting a theme park.  Vendors crowded all of the walkways trying to do business in U.S. dollars, tour buses were continually arriving from Cancun and by early afternoon Chichén Itzá was flooded with bathing suit clad tourists shopping for souveniers.


1 Response to “Chichén Itzá”

  1. 1 david March 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    i went to chitzen itza and uxmal when i was 6 or 7 years old. i dont recall vendors everywhere and they used to let people climb the pyramids and temples. those are some bitchin iguanas though…they looked much bigger when i was a young buck. so write me about panama when you get a chance

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