Chichén Itzá – one of the seven wonders of the world, is located in southeastern Mexico in the beautiful state of Yucatan and is one of the major archaeological sites of the great Mayan culture.
The archaeological site called Chichén Itzá , and the nearest town called Piste , where tour buses arrive and where to stay, eat and enjoy the rich warmth of the Yucatan that inhabit this region, many of them descendants of the Maya and still retain their dress and customs.
The amazing Mayan culture developed in five Mexican states: Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Yucatan, and 4 Central American countries: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Were extraordinary scientists: astronomers and mathematicians, and applied this knowledge in their majestic buildings and architectural structures. To them we owe the invention of zero in mathematics and numbering many currents of modern thought are based on the prophecies of the Mayan priests.
The archaeological site is amazed to see that there are local guides who speak any language that comes to mind. That is why for visitors from anywhere in the world, enjoy your stay in this wonderful place, full of culture and mysticism.
In Mexico, the official language is Spanish, but in the state of Yucatan, Chichen located where English is spoken in a common way for service providers. You can get guides for tours or in hotels concierges also speak other languages, the most common German, French, Italian and Portuguese.
In the Maya region there are still communities which retain their traditions, from the Mayan language, to their dress and customs. Many sites include translations in Maya as a fitting tribute to the civilization that lived in these lands in the past.
No doubt due to visit the impressive Caves Balankanché . Located 4 kilometers from Chichén Itzá, have a downward stroke of more than 500 meters and at the end of the gallery you can find a large selection of Mayan pottery and idols, located in the original sites where they were placed in ancient times.
Also found in the vicinity of other impressive archaeological site of natural water courses, produced by the underground river flows through limestone tunnels: the cenotes . Worth seeing any of them and take a refreshing swim in its clear and cool waters.
One way to really enjoy the site is to go on your own to dispose of your time as you choose. The excursions organized and usually have a limited time you see and enjoy it prevents the enclosure, and only teach you the essentials, without spending the time it deserves one of the seven new wonders of the world.
During the equinoxes are held special events include unsurpassed performance Descent of Kukulcan , the main pyramid itself was built with such perfection that the setting sun silhouettes of those days produced light and shadow that create the effect the descent of the feathered serpent, the chief deity of the Maya culture.
This show is reproduced by artificial light every night for the show “Light and Sound of Chichen by Night”. There on the site will give you reports on the same (prices and times).
With the great Pyramid of Kukulcan in the background, have conducted concerts of international stars Great Ones of the caliber of Placido Domingo, Sir Elton John and Sarah Brightman.
There are craft shops on the premises of the place where you can buy souvenirs. Many natives live it and can offer Mayan gods, wooden masks, spectacular marble chess sets and very cheap prices if you buy, helps to sustain its economy.
When it comes to Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya hotel through a tour is a stop in a kind of union locals who sells all kinds of souvenirs, figurines of wood, stone and especially bracelets, earrings and anything silver and alpaca.
In this establishment tells the tourists that have not yet reached Chichen Itza is your chance to buy, to bargain and that the price you see posted in each object is only for foreigners (locals are given a price special). The merchandise is of better quality than that found within the grounds of Chichen Itza, but about 6 or 7 times more expensive. We recommend not to buy much in the butler and buy back within the site, because if you’re looking for is not here that day will have the opportunity to buy in Valladolid, the city that you are after and where there are the same stores and the same things.
In track, which is the nearest town (4 km), there is delicious food restaurants baratísimos typical Yucatecan and Mexican comida corrida. A comida corrida is one that includes input (rice soup), main dish, beans and tortillas.
In the famous nearby hotels, delicious restaurants are all around and Mexican folklore, to spend an unforgettable time and eating delicious.
You should also consider going to Valladolid (40 miles away), where you can find a wider variety of restaurant and a better selection of Yucatecan food.