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Yucatán Peninsula - Mexico

Cancun
— Fun Day Trips & Sightseeing
— Chichén-Itzá Pyramid
— Tulum (Mayan Ruins on Beach)

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Cancun is one of Mexico's top tourist destinations. Located on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula (also referred to as the Mexican Caribbean), Cancun is famous for for its beautiful white sandy beaches and historic nearby Mayan Ruins.

Chichén-Itzá Pyramid and Tulum
Day Trips from Cancun

Be sure to visit Chichén-Itzá Pyramid (the most visited site in the Yucatán) and Tulum (Mayan Ruins on the beach) — both attractions were the highlights of our trip to Cancun. We highly recommend taking a day tour from Cancun if you have the time — both places are truly magical.

Fun Cancun Sightseeing Tours
and Day Trips to Chichén-Itzá Pyramid (the most visited site in the Yucatán) and Tulum (Mayan Ruins on the beach)



Mayan Ruins at Tulum, Mexico  - Watch Tower

Tulum
— Mayan Ruins

What an amazing setting! Tulum's Mayan Ruins sit on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the beautiful azure backdrop of the Caribbean sea. It's definitely worth a trip to see this historic site.

Once an important trading port, Tulum was one of the few Mayan cities still inhabited when the Spaniards arrived.

Tulum's close proximity to Cancun and its gorgeous white sandy beach, makes it the most visited of the Mayan sites in the Yucatan.

Fun Day Trips to Tulum
and Cancun Sightseeing Tours



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Chichen Itza Pyramid, Mexico Tours

Chichén-Itzá
— Mayan Pyramid
"A Wonder of the World"

The amazing Chichén-Itzá pyramid was recently voted as one of the NEW "7 Wonders of the World" — and when you see it, you'll know why!

What an adventure climbing the Pyramid of Kukulkan. It stands 79 feet high, with 91 steps on each of its four sides, plus the top viewing platform (365 steps total). The steps are very steep, so take your time. It's worth the effort when you see the spectacular views of the other ruins from the top of the pyramid.

We found it easier climbing up the pyramid vs climbing down — some people actually sit on each step and slowly make their way to the bottom of the pyramid. During our visit, there was a cable running down the center of the steps where visitors could hold on to make their climb a little easier.

The Mayans speculated that the site was linked to an astronomical calendar. According the Wikipedia...it is said that on the Spring and Autumn equinox, at the rising and setting of the sun, the corner of the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent along the side of the North staircase. On these two days, the shadows from the corner tiers slither down the northern side of the pyramid with the sun's movement.

Kukulkan's Jaguar Throne, interior temple of "El Castillo"

You can also climb the inside of the pyramid where you'll find a sculpture of a beautiful red Jaguar with stunning jade eyes.

Great Ball Court
The Great Ball Court (located a short walk from the Chichén-Itzá Pyramid) is the largest of its kind — its playing field is 40 feet long, with two 25-foot high walls.

If you've been on a football field, you'll appreciate the size and scope of this historic ball court. When games were played here, the goals were 20 feet high and the court was longer than a football field. It's believed that games were played here as a way to settle disputes or as an offering to the gods (losers were put to death).

The Great Ball Court's acoustics are amazing — I stood at one end of the court and said "hello" in a low voice and Barry could hear it clearly at the other end.

Other Chichén-Itzá Ruins
Other Chichén-Itzá ruins include the Temple of the Jaguars, the Sacred Cenote, Temple of the Warriors, and the Group of the Thousand Columns.

 

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