Guests who visit Secrets Resorts & Spas in the Riviera Maya have a chance to visit one of the oldest sites in Mexico: Chichen Itza. Chichen Izta, which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza,” is the 2nd most visited archeological site in Mexico today and is also home to the Kukulkan Pyramid, which was elected as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007.
The Kukulkan Pyramid is a nine-step structure that culminates into a flat platform supporting a two-story temple. It was built in 800 A.D and stands over 24 meters tall. It was designed with a total of 365 stairs, 91 on each side to represent each day of the year. Additionally, the temple of Kukulkan, which sits on top of the pyramid, is a solar calendar. Every year on May 21, the sun aligns with the Kukulkan and the shadow of a snake slithering down the steps is revealed.
Even more so, the four staircases of the pyramid are said to represent the Mayan’s concept of the four World Ages. The Mayans believed that there were three worlds before ours, and that they were living in the fourth world and final world.
If you’re visiting us at Secrets Maroma Beach, Secrets Capri or Secrets Silversands, you won’t want to miss out on Chichen Izta. Simply stop by our activities desk when you arrive and someone will happy to help you arrange a trip here!