Here are some interesting facts about the Chichen Itza:

DID YOU KNEW?

The name “Chichen Itza” literally means at the edge of the Itza’s well. The Itza’s were an ethnic group that were settled in Yucatan before the Spanish conquest.

Chichen Itza, Mayan detail

Chichen Itza, Mayan detail

The Maya’s developed the only writing system of all the civilizations of America prior to the conquest.

It is believed that Chichen Itza was an important pilgrimage place for the Mayas.

All the buildings at Chichen Itza are made out of stone.

Chichen Itza, visitors and stairs

Chichen Itza, visitors and stairs

Visitors are not allowed to climb the stairs of the Castillo anymore in order to better preserve the monument.

Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

The Chichen Itza was voted as one of the world’s new seven world wonders.