1. The Mayan settlements were among the largest anywhere in the world in year 1000

In the year 1000 settlements like Chichen Itza were among the largest settlements anywhere in the world. Tikal was thought to have a population as large as 60,000.

2. Chichen Itza is probably the best preserved of any city in the world from this time.

3. Population grew to between 10-15 million

At around AD700 the total population may have reached as high as 10-15 million according to estimates in 2018.

4. The main attraction at Chichen Itza is the Castillo

A stepped pyramid standing 30 metres tall with perfectly balanced staircases on its four sides.

5. The descent of the serpent in the Chichen Itza Equinox

On March 21 and September 21st each year at 3pm the sun’s rays create a pattern of shadows that form the image of a serpent on the north face of the pyramid. Over the course of an hour the serpent’s body stretches to meet its stone head at the bottom of the stairs.

6. Chichen Itza has a magnificent ball court

There is a magnificent ball court where two team played a game in which players bounced a

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