A cultural World Heritage site since 1988 and one of the new 7 wonders in the world.
The Maya name "Chichen Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza (people)". Chichen Itza contains many fine stone buildings in various states of preservation; the buildings were formerly used as temples, palaces, stages, markets, baths, and ball courts.
Chichen Itza was a major center by about 600 in the middle of the Maya Classic period, but the city saw its greatest growth and power after the Maya sites of the central lowlands to the south had already collapsed.
Chichen Itza is located 124 miles (200 kilometers) west of Cancun and this sacred site is among the finest examples of pre-Hispanic civilization in the Yucatan Peninsula.
You can take this tour either by road or flying to Chichen Itza by helicopter taking a fly trough the beautiful coastline and then heading toward the ruins of Chichen Itza.
A cultural World Heritage site since 1996
The place name is Pre-Columbian and it is usually assumed to be an archaic Maya language phrase meaning "Built Three Times".
Even before the restoration work Uxmal was in better condition than many other Maya sites thanks to being unusually well built. Much was built with well cut stones not relying on plaster to hold the building together. The Maya architecture here is considered matched only by that of Palenque in elegance and beauty. The Puuc style of Maya architecture predominates. Thanks to its good state of preservation, it is one of the few Maya cities where the casual visitor can get a good idea of how the entire ceremonial center looked in ancient times. Uxmal is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Merida, Yucatan.
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