Chichén Itzá, a Wonder of the World

In Play, Playa del Carmen & Tulum by Suzanne Koch

The most famous Mayan temple city, Chichén Itzá, towers above its lush surroundings and stuns visitors daily. A jungle gem, the temple served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization. The city is made up of the pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, and the Playing Field of the Prisoners. The last of the Mayan temples and likely the most recognized, the stepped pyramid that can even be climbed in some areas, displays the massive time and labor commitment, making it one of the 7 Wonders of the World. The pyramid was the last of the Mayan temples to be built but today stands as one of the greatest. The temple has 365 steps, one for each day of the year. Each of the temple’s four sides has 91 steps, and the top platform makes the 365th.


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