Chicken Itza is the largest ruin complex in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, one of the largest Mayan cities in the world.
The massive pyramid is known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan.
The ruins were built by the Maya people, Chicken Itza beeing a pre-Columbian city.
The pyramids are 1500 years old. Every day, thousands of tourists from all over the world come to visit this spectacular piramide.
Why is named Chicken Itza?
CHI = mouth
CHEN = well
ITZA = of the Itza tribe
The story sounds like the people were occasionally throwing into the nearby cenote sacrificially ans those who survived were believed to be seers.
There is 2 hours drive from Merida by car and 3 hours from Cozumel.
Expect to be super hot and crowd there.
I also want to specify also that you’re allowed with your mobile phone at no charge. GoPro or other camera is a charge of $5
I bet the history of the temple is also very important, that’s the reason you are going there probably. You wanna find out what actually happend. So before you go, here’s a little bit of it.
The structure is 24 meters tall, 6 meters just for the temple top.
Did you know that the day and the night were equal? Believe me, it is true.
The equinoctial phenomenon of light and shade known as “the descent of Kukalcan”. The Mayan, great astronomers and precise in numerical calculations, created this building “El Castillo”, specially with an exact and mathematical design after making numerous calculations and measurements.
This monumental “Castillo” raised over the yucatecan plain, is a pyramid of nine staggered bodies, measuring 60 meters per side and 30 meters of high. The each side there are stairs and a temple in the superior part.
Specialists and investigators of diverse disciplines have agreed that this pyramid is a representation of the Mayan civil calendar: “coach side hs 91 steps, multiplied by the four sides giving a total of 364, plus one beeing the platform and adding a total of 365 days of the years.
When spring and autumn equinoxes take place the great Chicken Itza is the scene of the surprising phenomenos called “of light and shade”.
The position of the sun coincided with high accuracy with the steps of “El Castillo of Kukulcan” to gradually proiect on the balustrade of the northeast, seven triangles of light that form, to to bottom and defining triangle by triangle, the silhouette of the feathered serpent that measures about 34 meters long.
In 21 of March the sun eluminate those seven triangles at one side only till the equinox is on 21 of Septembre, when the other side of triangls is beeing eluminated.
The spectacular culminating moment of the phonomen shows how the light arrives to the stone head of the God- serpent in the ground where the stairs begin.
Expectation, silence, admiration…everything is concentrated in this extraordinary phenomen. And while the sun projects its mysterious and extensive shade on the Northern stairs, each step is illuminated littel by littel. This process lasta nearly five hours and its observed approximately for 45 minutes.
Glad you reach the end of my story! 😊