Among the most impressive and inciting destinations of Mexico are the ones that come from the legendary past of these mysterious lands. The glorious civilizations that once lived here and their sometimes tragic tales are everywhere in the plains and jungles of Mexico. There are several places that truly capture the imagination of any traveller, telling stories of distant times. The amazing site of Chichen Itza is certainly one of the most inspiring and wonderful example, visited by thousands and thousands of tourists that wish to catch a glimpse into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico. The impetuous monuments of the Mayan and the Toltec civilizations are still standing tall at Chichen Itza, witnessing the passing of time and the passing from glory to downfall..
Today, Chichen Itza represents that largest pre-Columbian settlement of the Mayan Civilization, located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It is also one of the most visited and appreciated historical destinations of Mexico, surrounded by the idyllic Cenotes natural wells that were viewed by the ancient Maya as sacred places. For about a millennia, Chichen Itza was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world and certainly the strongest in the Yucatan. Later, the allies of the Maya, the Toltec (although there is some controversy over whether the Maya and Toltec were allies or enemies) arrived in the area, creating a great state around the city, led by the famous Quetzalcoatl, or Kukulcan, both a ruler and deity. The decline of Chichen Itza came after the 13th century, when the Maya revolted against the rulers, but the city remained one of the most important pilgrimage sites. In modern days, it is a major travel destination and one of the new wonders of the world, with a busy industry sprouting around it.
Most of the structures have been reclaimed from the overgrown jungle and many visitors are awed today by these amazing attractions. Located close to the beaches of Yucatan, most tourists visit Chichen Itza as a day trip from Cancun or other cities in the area, although it would be best to visit the place for several days to get the full experience. There is an impressive number of structures, temples, pyramids and monuments that can be visited here, among the most famous including the Pyramid of Kukulcan or El Castillo, the Interior Temple, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors, the Old Chichen area and many others. All of these attest to the power and ingenuity of the Maya-Toltec civilization, creating a vivid image of a magnificent world, filled with legends and myths. Around the complex destination of Chichen Itza, a vibrant tourist industry has appeared, with hotels and souvenir shops, tours and experiences. Visiting Chichen Itza is definitely among the great tourist wonders of the world, and worth more than just a few hours among these ruins (if you can take the heat).