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Veronica Penagos Visiting chichen Itza Ruins and pyramids have always held a special fascination for me I find them to be impressive and quite mysterious Chichen Itza is no ordinary place these ruins stand tall in very tropical and fertile ground unlike other pyramids that are usually in desert like locations Chichen Itza is not just a pyramid its the reflection of an entire civilization that vividly reflects how the Mayans lived Seeing a pyramid for the first time made me understand why people are so mesmerized and intrigued by them The sacred city of the Itza called Chichen Itza in Maya is located 75 miles east of Merida the Capital of the State of Yucatan Mexico This archaeological site is rated among the most important of the Mayan culture and covers an area of approximately six square miles where hundreds of buildings once stood httpemuseummankantomsusedu 13 may 2001 Chichen Itza has a hot and humid weather for most part of the year The pyramid of Kulkulkan the gem of Chichen Itza is actually a reflection of a calendar in stone There are nine levels one for each month in the Mayan calendar 54 indented squares one for each week and 366 steps one for each day of the year httplyricoscsberkeleyeduchichenitza 13 may 2001 Unlike the pyramids in Egypt Kulkulkan can actually be climbed even though it is an arduous task especially under the hot Mexican weather but the view is worth the climb From the top all of the ruins in Chichen Itza are visible Kulkulkan Another interesting place is the observatory El Caracol it has windows that align with certain stars throughout the year and this determined when celebrations planting and harvesting took place this might be one of the reasons why the Mayans were known for their astrological knowledge Almost every Mayan city had a ball court
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