Chichen Itza is the Mayan capital in the Yucatan region of Mexico and has been labelled a World Heritage Site. Its name, Chichen Itza, literally means ‘at the mouth of the well of Itza’. The heritage site hosts one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Kukulkan Pyramid known as ‘el Castillo’.
What to do
Have a walk around the ruins of el Castillo in Chichen Itza to see the remains of the ancient Mayan village. As the Pyramid is representative of the Mayan calendar, it has 365 steps, one for each day of the year. Each side has 91 steps and the top platform creates the 365th step. If you walk them all that’ll definitely be your holiday exercise done!
Get back to nature
Ideally visit el Castillo during the spring or autumn equinox to witness a natural occurrence when the sunlight creates a shadowed image of a plumed serpent sliding down the stairs of the pyramid. People flock from far and wide for this attraction.
What to eat
Eating Mexican food in Mexico is a far cry from what you may consider Mexican cuisine at home. Mexicans eat 4 meals a day: desayuno before 9am, almuerzo before 12pm, comida between 2-4pm and cena between 7-9pm. Typically, fruit is incorporated into main dishes, for example, sopa de lima – chicken and lime soup, poc chuc – pork marinated in sour orange juice and pollo ticuleño – chicken baked in banana leaves.
What to drink
You’ll need plenty of bottled water while visiting Mexico as its tropical heat can cause dehydration. Although come the night time, tequila is the Mexicans’ drink of choice, enjoy with salt and a slice of lemon.
Moment you’ll never forget
The Great Ballcourt is the largest ballcourt in Mesoamerica, measuring 545 feet by 225 feet. According to legend, people played ‘pok ta pok’ here and competition was incredibly fierce as the losing team, would be put to death. The mesmerising part is the acoustics of the court, a whisper said from one end can be clearly heard at the other.