Hello and welcome to Wednesday Wonders – Yucatan. This travel destination guide will share the wonders that is Yucatan. Join me as we explore and discover Kukulcan Temple. The Columns of a Thousand Warriors. Venus Temple. Ik-Kil Cenote and many more amazing adventures. Let’s travel Yucatan style.
Chichen Itza is a wonderful complex of temples and ancient structures. Known for being a ceremonial site. The area is the place of sacrifices and rituals carried out on a regular basis. Nowadays, we can look upon the other many great things Yucatan. Yucatan’s architecture. Their culture. And their knowledge of astronomical wonders. The Mayan people of the present Yucatan left so much behind. So much to explore and discover.
A part of Mexico that is filled with old temples and ruins. These wonders are located in the southernmost part of Mexico. In the state of Yucatan. Now part of the legacy of the Mayan civilization. The Mayans, in the year 300 AD, founded the city. Experts speculate that this city was built in a context of fearsome wars. It was not until the 900s that it became an important political Centre.
Kukulcan Temple – Chichen Itza
The Kukulcan temple is deemed by many as the most impressive structure of them all. It is our first wonder of the world, placed in the middle of Chichen Itza. It does not exceed other pyramids like Giza or “Piramide del Sol”, but it is the engineering and planning that set it aside from anything that we have found in the world.
Column of a Thousand Warriors – Chichen Itza
The Temple of the Warriors is surrounded, and protected, by columns. Over 1000 columns were created to resemble warriors. The temple is off limits to visitors at this time. The Column of a Thousand Warriors is still something to see. It will reveal something different each time you visit.
When the tropical sun shines bright in Yucatan we can see light and shadow phenomenons happen. During equinoxes and solstices each year the light and shadow show is magical. Standing in the right place at the right time is the key. It is aid you can see the descent of a snake through the pyramid’s body. Did you see it?! This is so impressive. Why? Remember the Mayans didn’t have access to telescope nor astronomical measuring tools. We’re talking about the 1200s here. The Mayans created a huge structure, so precise that even modern day architecture would struggle to recreate something similar.
Venus Temple – Chichen Itza
Interested in architectural and technological advancements? Don’t miss the Venus Temple. This peculiar circular building was used as an astronomical observatory. Its name suggests it was mainly used by the Mayans to track the movements of Venus. This planet has a special meaning in the Mayan mythology. They admired the planet due its shine and was considered the God of War. The Mayans also believed Venus was the twin brother of the sun.
Ready to clear your head from all the history? Feeling adventurous? You can visit the sacred cenote… but wait, what even is a cenote?
Ik – Kil Cenote – Chichen itza
A cenote is a natural freshwater pond. Cenotes are supplied by an underground river. They are formed in places like the Yucatan Peninsula due to soil erosion. In the past, these “wells” were used as ceremonial sites. Yes, human sacrifices and rituals. Nowadays, they offers tourists a chance to experience their immense natural beauty. Most of them are located in the middle of the tropical jungle. They usually have a deep crystaline pond in the middle. It combines both parts of Yucatan’s rich history. It’s ancient history and its diverse flora and fauna.
Wednesday Wonders – Yucatan
Thank you for joining me as we explored and discover Wednesday Wonders – Yucatan. If you’re feeling like you need to take a trip somewhere different? Witness a world-class attraction for a very reasonable price? Visiting Yucatan, Mexico will leave the most demanding of tourists with a big smile. Tropical weather, Check. Magnificent temple, Check. The temple is now a part of the new wonders of the world list. Diverse and delicious Mexican food, Check. It all combines together to form a touristic destination like no other.
Apart from its stunning beauty, it has a great historical importance as it holds many of Mexico’s most important archeological sites when it comes to pre-colonial civilizations. As we mentioned before, it was the capital of the Mayan civilization, and as such archeologists have found antique reliques in the form of statues, pendants, vessels and many other “commonly” used items that are now part of the Sitio de Chichen Itza museum. Visit www.mexicotravelclub.com to start planning your next trip.
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