Among the many benefits of Cancun’s location, is its closeness to magnificent mayan ruins full of mysteries and charm being Chichen Itza the most famous of all. This city once was the center of the Mayan Empire, was a cultural melting pot several hundreds of years ago, It is also one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico, welcoming as much as 1.4 million visitors every year. No wonder why in 2010 it was named one of the Seven Wonders of The World, besides being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Other sites that are popular among travellers from all over the world are the beachfront walled city of Tulum ruins and the off the beaten path sites of Coba and Ek Balam ruins.
Although Chichen Itza is a very well known city, excavations and archaeological researches still take place on the site, the most recently even discovered a third structure or pyramid underneath “El Castillo” or Kukulkan Pyramid, the larger pyramid and center of this outstanding place; which makes us think of this pyramid as a sort of mayan era russian doll in a way, with layers and mysteries to be unfolded and discovered. With the exception of Tulum ruins which is completely discovered due to a smaller footprint, most of the mayan ruins near Cancun are still widely unexplored and unexplored, including major cities such as Coba and Ek Balam.
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Those travelers hungry for knowledge and culture will be in awe, since Mexico’s archaeological sites stand proudly as some of the most enigmatic and well preserved in the world. You will be also amazed once you find out why every mayan building and temple was built in an specific location and how they are related with astronomy and many more secrets.
Chichen Itza and most of the mayan ruins near Cancun are large cities located in the jungle and therefore, humidity and temperature levels may be a little extreme during the summer months. It is important that its visitors wear comfortable clothes (light shirts with long sleeves) and comfortable shoes as well as hats and sunscreen all year round. You are also welcome to bring your camera and unique point of view to take the best photos of your trip.