The Maya name “Chichen Itza” means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.” It is an archaeological site located in the eastern portion of Yucatán state in Mexico, and used to house one of the largest and the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that likely contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site. Among these architectural styles are those of central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the northern Maya lowlands.
Chichen Itza is currently one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; so much so that in 2007 it was estimated to receive an average of 1.2 million visitors every year. It’s appeal to tourists stems from its rich nearly 1,000-year history, and the visible markings and influences of different peoples have left their mark on this ancient city.
The formidable stone monuments and artistic works manifest and reveal the Maya and Toltec visions of the world and the universe.
My personal experience in Chichen Itza was also extraordinary. As with all the other pyramids that I have visited, Chichen Itza also had a special effect on me. One can definitely feel a spiritual energy and although I cannot explain if it is because of the monumental buildings or the place itself. I think it is a combination of the both and my infinite interest in archaeology, history, and specifically pyramidical structures, continues to be a source of fascination. My physical training, similar to other locations with pyramids, was extraordinary and filled with never-ending energy. I’m looking forward to going back.