"Climb the main temple Kulkulcan." Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Things to Do Tip by Mairo21

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  I am going to climb it!!!!
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  • I am going to climb it!!!! - Ruinas Chichén-Itzá
      I am going to climb it!!!!
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  • Can you see me? Look to the left. - Ruinas Chichén-Itzá
      Can you see me? Look to the left.
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  • Halfway there.... - Ruinas Chichén-Itzá
      Halfway there....
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  • View from the top! - Ruinas Chichén-Itzá
      View from the top!
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  • Please use the rope to climb down the temple. - Ruinas Chichén-Itzá
      Please use the rope to climb down the temple.
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The main temple at Chichen Itza is the main spectacle of this entire site. It stands 90 ft in height. There is so much mystery about this structure. It is constructed to be the perfect solar calender. Not to sure on all the specs, but there are 91 stairs on each side of the pyramid, used to represent 365 days of the year. (91 stairs x 4 sides= 365 days of th year)
There are so many other details, too much for me to go into. Go and take a guided tour to learn more...SOme other things of interest that I thought to share: WHen the sunlight hits the temple a certain way, IT illuminates the stairs and gives the appearance of a snake. At the bottom of each stairway, are heads of rattlesnakes. When the king or priests would climb to the top of this temple, they were dressed in heavy accesories of jewelry made of precious stones. These people were usually of the age of 70 -80 years. TO make the climb, they would zigzag up the stairs instead of walking up in a straight path. They climbed in this way, to prevent falling down, and to immitate the movements of the rattlesnake.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2005
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