Chichen Itza’s El Castillo is one of the new seven wonders of the world, and I’m very happy to be able to check it off my list. It was my second time, and by far the best because I can actually remember it now.
The only thing I remember from our first visit is that we could still climb the big temple.
Now it’s entirely fenced off.
There’s an entire city to discover at the site, so lots to see, but of course there’s one temple that everyone wants to see and that’s El Castillo, the Temple of Kukulkan:
There’s something about giant buildings built in an age where our modern machines hadn’t been invented yet that makes you watch it in awe. But another one of my favorite things to see at Chichén Itzá is the Great Ball Court.
It is the largest, best preserved and most impressive ball game court found in ancient Mesoamerica and I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t get a better picture of it…
One of the most interesting aspects of this ball court is that there are sculpted panels depicting the teams of such a ball game at the base of the high walls. One of the teamplayers has been decapitated and you can see streams of blood pictured as snakes emitting from his neck. I think it’s fun to listen to the history of the ball court and actually be able to see some of it, however gruesome.
All in all, if you’re ever in Mexico, Chichén Itzá MUST be on you to-do-list. It has an interesting history, beautiful buildings and as a bonus (if you’re on a bus tour) you get to swim in a cenote (Ik Kil) at the end of the day. Be sure to take lots of pictures!