Chichen Itza - Mexico
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is the most visited, and the largest of the Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico. It is an easy day trip from Cancun. For over 1000 years, the city was an important place of pilgrimage for the Mayan people.
The most recognisable structure in the ancient city is the El Castillo. Also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, the temple is a Meso-American step pyramid, believed to have been built sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries. Stairs lead up all four sides of the pyramide, to the temple at the top. Statues of Serpents run along the balustrades of the staircases. Each side of the temple has 91 steps. When added together with the final step at the top, where the temple sits, the total number of stairs adds up to 365, equal to the number of days in the Mayan calendar.