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Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins
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Meander through the extraordinarily well-preserved ruins at Chichen Itza, a sacred site that was one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatan peninsula for centuries.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an immensely scenic drive on to Chichen Itza. Now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Chichen Itza had enormous importance as a religious, ceremonial and astronomical center, and excavations have unearthed a number of significant structures.
You´ll be provided with a tablet so you can live the Mayan Ruins through the uses of virtual and augmented technology allowing you to better understand the history of Mayan Civilization. Be transported to the past and witness how the Mayan temples looked like centuries ago full of colors and vividness.
The most iconic is the pyramid-like Temple of Kulkulcan, which has 365 steps, one for each day of the year. Its architecture is Mayan but heavily influenced by the Toltec warriors who migrated to the Yucatan in the 10th century. The pyramid is oriented to mark the solstices and equinoxes, as the Mayans were skilled astronomers.
While meandering about the excavated grounds of Chichen Itza, you will also see the largest ancient ball court in the Americas. The acoustics are amazing even by today’s standards, as a whisper at one end can be heard at the other end, more than 500 feet away.
The Temple of the Warriors is another highlight. Flanked by hundreds of columns with carved figures of Toltec warriors, this massive building was used for ceremonial gatherings.
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Note: Approximate time at the ruins is 45 to 60 minutes. Travel time is approximately 3.5 hours each way (45 minutes ferry transfer to Playa Del Carmen and 2.5 hours bus ride to Mayan Ruins.
Box lunch provided on the bus – sub style sandwich, potato chips, muffin, fruit & soda. The grounds of the ruins consist of uneven limestone and loose stones so please exercise caution when walking. Approximate walking distance of 1.5 miles total. This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Wear comfortable walking shoes, hat and light clothing. Bring camera, sun protection, mosquito repellent and cash for purchases.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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