Chichén Itzá


One of the seven wonders of the world (according to, heritage of humanity (according to UNESCO) and a place you must see before you die (according to me)

Chichén Itzá was one of the stops of my summer’s road trip and it is one of the most famous mayan cities. It’s located in the state of Yucatán (in Mexico, that is).

The name of the site comes from the Mayan words Chi (mouth) Che’en (well); I was told in the site that the Itzáes were some sort of political figure, Wikipedia says that it comes from the words Itz (sorcerer) and a (water) so it means the mouth of the well of the water sorcerers or the water of the well of the Itzáes, the place is called like that because of a “Cenote” (sort of a natural well) which was sacred among the Mayas.

Well, enough about linguistics. The place is absolutely fantastic, it’s HUGE and filled with tourists but it’s absolutely worth visiting, the pyrammid of Kukulkán (the feathered snake) is probably the best known building of the site, it’s huge and fantastic (I already said fantastic and huge, sorry about that, but that’s the way it is) and one of the features that make it so great is that it is built so that in the summer solstice the shadows cast on the pyramid (by the pyramid itself) make it look like kukulcán is descending (the shadow moves from top to bottom of the pyramid, haven’t seen it in person but I saw some photos) it’s a bit hard to describe it in here, I hope I’m making myself clear.

Another of the main buildings is the observatory known as “el caracol” (the snail). There are many other buildings (and there are several excavations in process) and on the paths of the site there are many crafts vendors that give Chichén Itzá a special something (that can be annoying for some).

Rounding up, this Mayan archaeological zone, wonder of the world, heritage of humanity is a place you must see before you die if you have the chance.

written by lomollete on 2010-02-27 in #world #locations #slide #road-trip #horizon #lomollete #pyrammid #chichen-itza #b-w #xpro #holga #colour #maya #mexico #yucatan


  1. born-to-ruin
    born-to-ruin ·

    Nice location and a really great gallery!

  2. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    What a beautiful location ! Thanks to share it !

  3. tveden
    tveden ·

    I'm so envious, i always wanted to go there. Very nice gallery.

  4. reddeviltj
    reddeviltj ·

    I saw that back in 1975! It's still there.
    Fantastic photo. I took slides back then and I think my mommy still has them packed away.

  5. satomi
    satomi ·

    absolutely gorgeous!

  6. oscarrizo24
    oscarrizo24 ·

    The best picture I seen today, cool fish eye with side effects. Lovin' It.

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Truly splendid gallery ! Congrats !

  8. coca
    coca ·

    fantastic location and great gallery, congrats!

  9. lomollete
    lomollete ·

    Thanks, I'm gald you like it. Don't know what fisheye you're talking about though.

  10. gabid
    gabid ·

    I realise that this is about a year later than everybody else but I must say amazing photos and article! I've been there a couple of years ago and the place is truly magnificent. It is just simply incredible.

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