The Temple of Kukulkan (also known as El Castillo) is filled with wonder indeed. Our lovable guide told us it was believed that this temple was built with reference to the Mayan calendar.
① It has four faces with ninety-one steps each, plus one for the landing, making it three-sixty-five; a step for each day of the year. Wow-oh-wow. I was amazed.
② Then he spoke about how the ninety-one steps are a representation of the number of days per season cycle. Happening twice a year during Spring and Fall equinoxes (when day and night are equal), a play of light and shadow reveals the serpent deity moving down the stairway. Looks something like this. How did the Mayans calculated this? How did the Mayans designed it so accurately? 😶 Spring and Fall Equinoxes happen only twice a year. If you missed it, you missed it. You have to wait for at least another one-eighty-ish days!
③ Sound of a chirping bird is the most amazing aspect. With each clap, the temple echoes out a sound of a bird (my dearest thought it sounded more like a crow). Click on the video below and listen super carefully to the echoes! FAS-CI-NAT-ING.
Lots of questions pop in my mind when I think about the Mayans. What did they build before the collapse of Maya civilization? How did they build it? How did they calculate everything so precisely? I first saw Chichén Itzá on a documentary show (without knowing what it was) where they filmed the ruins and spoke about Maya.
The initial itinerary I had in mind for Cancún was just beach, and more beach. I did not google much of Cancún before flying over and when I did, I saw a photo of the Temple of Kukulkan. I was like, “THIS! I saw this on a documentary! Maya! I want to go! Let’s go! Shall we go!? We have to go! It’s Maya!” and so we went. 😊
Plus point, Chichén Itzá is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.