Friday, August 02, 2013 3:43 PM
Ancient Mayan Cities Get a Welcome Modern Update
It looks like the Yucatan Peninsula's ancient Mayan cities
have finally begun to catch up with the modern world. Two of the region's
largest archaeological sites, Chichen Itza and Uxmal, have charged two separate
entrance fees at each site, meaning that visitors had to wait in two different
lines to pay before being allowed access into the ancient cities. The two fees
Research and conservation costs of pre-Columbian
cities for INAH, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Cultural preservation costs for the State
Now, Mexico officials say that Chichen Itza and Uxmal will
both begin to charge both fees in a single line, increasing efficiency and
speeding up the entry process for locals and tourists who wish to explore these
popular Mayan ruins.
Today, the archaeological site of Chichen Itza stands as the
most internationally famous piece of heritage from Mayan history due to its
beautifully preserved structures, large city size and fascinating astronomical
characteristics relating to the Mayan calendar. Dating back nearly 2,000 years,
it receives about 1.2 million tourists every single year, especially during the
Spring Equinox when thousands of travelers spend the day around El Castillo
pyramid to see a shadow in the shape of a serpent slither down the main stairs.
The ancient city of Uxmal holds less fame than Chichen Itza,
but many travelers claim it's a better site to visit. Its main attraction is
the immense Magician's Pyramid at 115 feet tall, unique in the Mayan world due
to its steep staircase and rounded design. Visitors are drawn to Uxmal for its
eye-catching architecture and elaborate carvings, creating a beautiful place
for a day exploring the jungles of Yucatan, Mexico.
The changes to the entry process at Chichen Itza and Uxmal
are most welcome as Mexico strives to become a more efficient travel
Originally from Virginia, Laura Winfree moved south of the border in
2005 to major in tourism at La Salle University Cancun. Today, she works
as a copy writer for a local travel agency in addition to freelance
blogging, writing and translating. Laura writes about her life as an
expat in Mexico at http://gringationcancun.com and
http://www.facebook.com/gringationcancun. Nightclubs and weekly beach
trips are her favorite part of living in Cancun!
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