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Chichén Itzá

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The Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá is located 90 minutes far from Merida Yucatán, this is the city which name means “On the Edge of the Well of the Itzaes”. This complex which has the UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage Site and is one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” allows from the entrance of Chichén Itzá a majestic view of the Templo de Kukulkan.

The presence of a cenote in Chichén Itzá and some others in the surroundings isn't coincidental because its name indicates that when inhabitants arrived some hollow spaces already existed and were believed to be the link between the land of the living and the spiritual world.

It is known that the site was built in the Post-Classic Mayan period but, even if it was one of the most representative ceremonial centers of this culture, it has clear influence from the Toltecas, as it appears on the Kukulkan figure which is very similar to Quetzalcoatl. Both deities are represented by feathered serpents but while the Tolteca deity symbolized life and the end of it, the Mayan deity descends to Earth during each equinox, something that can be understood as coming back from the beyond.

It is this architectonic and astronomic brilliant phenomenon, which is considered one of the favorite shows during spring and summer equinox, when going on a tour in Chichén Itzá becomes a feat since it is on the wish list of many travelers. It is a projection produced by the sunlight which creates the illusion of the serpent going down the stairs. Metaphorically speaking, it represents the union of heaven, the world of the living and the Xibalba also known as the Underworld.
The Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá is located 90 minutes far from Merida Yucatán, this is the city which name means “On the Edge of the Well of the Itzaes”. This complex which has the UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage Site and is one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” allows from the entrance of Chichén Itzá a majestic view of the Templo de Kukulkan.

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The presence of a cenote in Chichén Itzá and some others in the surroundings isn't coincidental because its name indicates that when inhabitants arrived some hollow spaces already existed and were believed to be the link between the land of the living and the spiritual world.

It is known that the site was built in the Post-Classic Mayan period but, even if it was one of the most representative ceremonial centers of this culture, it has clear influence from the Toltecas, as it appears on the Kukulkan figure which is very similar to Quetzalcoatl. Both deities are represented by feathered serpents but while the Tolteca deity symbolized life and the end of it, the Mayan deity descends to Earth during each equinox, something that can be understood as coming back from the beyond.

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