Chichen Itza
Temple of the Warriors Chichen Itza
Ball Court at Chichen Itza Tour

Facts about Chichen Itza

  • Chicken Pizza. Did you know that lots of people call it Chicken Pizza? Yes, lots of tour operators do this because of the similarity of the name and it's actually fun... Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza is now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Meaning. Chichen Itza also means 'at the mouth of the well of the Itza'. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Location. Chichen Itza may have been built where it is because of the location of two large natural sinkholes nearby that would have provided water year-round. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Built of Stones. All the buildings of Chichen Itza are made from stone. They also say that the Maya did not use the wheel to build any of their temples, pyramids or palaces. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Visitors. Approximately 1.2 million people visit the ruins of Chichen Itza every year. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Famous buildings. Some of the most famous buildings in Chichen Itza that have survived include: The Warrior's Temple, El Castillo, and The Great Ball Court. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • A pyramid on top of another. Chichen Itza's most important building is the Pyramid El Castillo, but this building wasn't like that in its beginning, there were two other structures prior to the actual one. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Water in Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza's most important pyramid is built above a sinkhole or water source, it is believed that they did this because the Maya thought it was a source of spiritual power. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Chichen Itza has a platform dedicated to the planet Venus located north of El Castillo. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • Mayan Ball Courts. The Ball court is located to the north-west of the Pyramid “El Castillo”. It is the largest and best preserved ball court in ancient Mesoamerica. Best Chichen Itza Facts.
  • The Pyramid. The temple has 365 steps—one for each day of the year. Each of the temple’s four sides has 91 steps, and the top platform makes the 365th. Best Chichen Itza Facts.