Chichen Itza is a legendary Mayan city. The city, the most famous of the entire Mayan world, was founded in 525 BCE and is located In the tinum county on the southern part of yucatan, at about 120 kilometers from the capital city of Merida.
UNESCO declared this impressive place a world heritage site in 1988. In 2007, it was declared as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
Perhaps the most representative feature of Chichen Itza is the pyramid of kukulcan. Such pyramid is without a doubt one of the most enigmatic architectural works of the Mesoamerican culture and of the entire world. One of the most beautiful wonders of this temple occurs each year at the summer solstice (june 21) and at the fall equinox (September 23). In such dates, the temple´s nine platforms project seven inverted triangles; in that way, a serpent can be seen descending from the pinnacle of the pyramid.
Another great part of Chichen Itza is the sacred xenote, in which several objects made of ceramic and jade have been found. Archeologists have even found human skeletons, mainly those of children, that were sacrificed to the Mayan God Chac. The Mayan architecture is as characteristic as that of the Greek, Roman, and Gothic styles; however, it does display local variations.
The Yokdzonotxenote, located eighteen kilometers east of piste and 15 kilometers west of Chichen Itza. Getting to the place is a very short drive from merida through the freeway. With a width of forty meters and an approximate depth of 35 to 45 meters, this xenote is, without a shadow of a doubt, a must for anyone visiting the yucatan peninsula.
In 2005, a group of women from the local community of yokdzonot got together to organize a cooperative to take advantage of the xenote as a touristic place. The cooperative now represents a substantial source of income for yhese women, who otherwise could not earn a living by workingthe fields.
The inherent charm of Valladolid, the beautiful town located in eastern Yucatan rests primarily in its beautiful colonial constructions, its colorful mansions, and in is exquisite craf works. The crafts are notorious in their display of pre-colonial tradition.
The tour includes:
- Certified bilingual guides.
- Snorkeling equipment.
- Insured transportation with AC.
- Beverages and lunch.
What to bring
- Comfortable clothes and shoes.
- A hat of some sort.
- Flip-flops or waterproof shoes.
- A swimsuit.
- An extra shirt and towel.
- Insect repellent and a bio-friendly sunscreen.
- Extra cash for tips and photographs.
- You must know how to swim at a basic level.
- You may not participate under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.
- This tour is not apt for the handicapped or for the people with cardie and or respiratory problems.
- Basic swimming skills required
- People under the influence of drugs
- And/or alcohol will not be able to Participate.
- Not recommended for handicapped people or
- People who suffer heart or respiratory problems.