When it comes to unique places to visit around the world, Chichen Itza, Mexico ranks within the top fifty must see destinations. It is perhaps one of the most iconic images of ancient Latin America. These ruins show the vast expanse of the Mayan empire and give great insight into their ancient history. To visit Chichen Itza make sure your passport is up to date, if you are traveling by land or sea, you only need your passport card. This is convenient as you don’t have to worry about a lost passport along the way. Once your travel requirements are secured book your trip and then venture to the ancient Mayan land of Chichen Itza.
Passports are necessary documents when it comes to international travel. No one can enter a foreign country or return without proper documentation. What’s different about visiting Mexico is that passport cards make it possible to travel without a passport, but only by land or sea. All US citizens need a passport including children and infants, so be sure to get the children passports as well before venturing to the ruins of Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza is a large city that was built by the ancient Mayan civilization. It is located in the Yucatan state of Mexico. Chichen Itza was a major hub from 600C.E. to 900C.E. and right on up to 1200C.E. It was one of the largest Mayan cities and is believed to be one of the great mythical cities that are often referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. The city features varying degrees of architectural style; this is believed to have been the result of Chichen Itza perhaps hosting the most widely diverse population in the history of the Mayans. The ruins located at Chichen Itza are federal property and they are maintained by the Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. It is known as one of the most widely visited archaeological sites in Mexico.
Visiting Chichen Itza
When visiting the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza there is much to see and to do. There are many guides that can walk you through the sites, but a tour book is just as helpful and you can move at your own pace. Some sites include the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Interior Temple, the Temple of the Warriors, the Great Market, The Great Ballcourt which is featured in the Popul Vuh, or the Mayan Bible. The Sweat baths are another great site as well. There are many more sites featured at Chichen Itza that are worth visiting as well. A must see includes the Caves of Balankanche, this is where a large variety of ancient pottery and idols is featured and they are in the same positions that they were placed in, in Pre-Columbian times. When you’re done sightseeing you can even take a trip to the Yaxkin Spa, where homeopathic beauty rituals that are based off of ancient Mayan traditions are offered.
Chichen Itza is a sight that offers history, antiquity, and mythical lore. It is a grandiose representation of ancient Mayan life in one of it’s largest and diverse cities. In addition to all the sites you can still take in some of the local culture of the Mayan Quiche and learn even more about their ancient ancestry. Be sure to grab your passport card if you’re driving down to Mexico, that way you won’t have to worry about a lost passport along the way. Chichen Itza is truly a must see sight and will only have you begging for more.