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Area (sq km): 1,972,690
Population: 106,202,903
Nationality: Mexican
Local Name: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Time Zone: -6 to -8 GMT
Currency: 1 peso =
100 centavos
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Mexico City
Dialling Code: +52
Electricity: 110V/50Hz
Internet Code: .mx
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Tropical,
Mountain,
Desert
Government: Federal Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-16.00
Major Airports: Acapulco(ACA),
Cancun(CUN),
Cozumel(CZM),
Los Cabos(SJD),
Mexico City(MEX),
Oaxaca(OAX),
PuertoVallarta(PVR)

Chichen Itza and villa holidays to Mexico

Chichen Itza is a wonder to behold. Visiting Chichen Itza complex and exploring the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins and buildings is an absolute must for anyone travelling to the Mayan Riviera or Yucatan Peninsula for villa holidays to Mexico.

Mayan Chichen Itza
Mayan Chichen Itza

Yucatan Peninsula & Mayan ruins

With the release of the new 7 Wonders of the World, it is no surprise that Chichen Itza made the list. Of the many Mayan ruins in Mexico, it is fair to say that Chichen Itza is the most impressive. Its size, symmetry and astrological importance are a testament to the ingeniousness of the ancient Mayan civilisation and its accurate calendar. Book villa holidays to Mexico to explore the wonders of the Mayan Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza & Kukulcan

Chichen Itza is located on the Yucatan Peninsula on the eastern side on Mexico. Among its other accolades, Chichen Itza is a World Heritage Site. The magnificent ruins can be visited easily from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel although the archaeological wonderland is so vast you may want more time there. Book Mexico vacation rentals today and you will find yourself close to one of the most important man made structures in the world.

The most recognisable of the Chichen Itza buildings is the Temple of Kukulcan also called El Castillo. Besides the actual construction, the most impressive thing about El Castillo is the shadow cast along the north staircase.

Chichen Itza is at is busiest during both the Autumn and the Spring Equinox, so book villa holidays to Mexico in advance for these busy times. At sunrise and sunset of both equinoxes the building casts a shadow of a kukulcan, or snake. As the sun moves the serpent slithers down the pyramid. Be sure to come early from nearby Yucatan Peninsula villas as the temple becomes packed for this remarkable event.

Temple of the Warriors

The Temple of the Warriors is a nearby pyramid lined with stone warriors carved into columns which is remarkable. The Ballcourt is just that, but there are seven of them designed for sport. The High Priest’s Temple is a smaller replica of El Castillo. The Puuc architectural style is evident in the buildings that make up Las Monjas, once a palace.

The formations that are Old Chichen include the Phallic Temple, the Temple of the Monkeys and the Temple of the Owls. The round building of the Chichen Itza complex is called El Caracol. The shadows cast here mark the equinox helping to make the Mayan calendar one of the most accurate ever created.

Reserve villa holidays to Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula now to marvel at the wondrous Mayan ruins that are Chichen Itza.

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