By Todd Castor
Staff Vice President, E-Commerce
My girlfriend Sylvia and I think no first-time visit to Cancun and the Costa Maya is complete without a visit to Chichen-Itza and the surrounding areas of the Yucatan. Here's why...
We began our journey to Chichen-Itza early one morning. An air-conditioned tour bus arrived at our hotel, the Omni Cancun, and we headed west from the state of Quintana Roo into the Yucatan. On the bus ride our guide took the opportunity to chat for a few moments with each person on board, and after a quick stop for a snack, we arrived at Chichen-Itza.
With some of the largest and best maintained Mayan ruins in Mexico, Chichen-Itza is actually two cities: one that was ruled by the Mayans from the 6th to 10th centuries, and another that emerged in the 11th century. The cities' layout is fascinating; the reasoning behind the architecture and placement of the structures reflects the Mayan interest in the calendar, the four seasons, sporting activities, calculus and even population management.