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Destination: Chichen Itza

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Getting to know Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is the most famous of the Mayan temples and an important example of post-classic Mayan architecture. Its name means “the well of the Itzá”, referring to the origin of its original founders from outside of the Yucatan. The site boasts both Mayan and Toltic architecture, and flourished in trade of precious turquoise and gold from 800 to 1000 CE.

Our All-inclusive Visit

Victory is the first cruise line offering an overnight stay at Chichen Itza. Guests will have accommodation at the Mayaland Hotel, built in 1923. Mayaland was the first resort in the world built within an ancient site, and it is operated by descendants of its original owners, as much a landmark of the site as the pyramids that tower above it. In the morning, we will have exclusive entry to Chichen Itza before the doors open to the public, followed by a short walk back to the hotel for a sumptuous breakfast. The visit also includes a special visit to the site for the evening Sound and Light show, considered one of the best in the world.

Destination: Chichen Itza

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Victory Sailing Dates Which Call Here:

Getting to know Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is the most famous of the Mayan temples and an important example of post-classic Mayan architecture. Its name means “the well of the Itzá”, referring to the origin of its original founders from outside of the Yucatan. The site boasts both Mayan and Toltic architecture, and flourished in trade of precious turquoise and gold from 800 to 1000 CE.

Our All-inclusive Visit

Victory is the first cruise line offering an overnight stay at Chichen Itza. Guests will have accommodation at the Mayaland Hotel, built in 1923. Mayaland was the first resort in the world built within an ancient site, and it is operated by descendants of its original owners, as much a landmark of the site as the pyramids that tower above it. In the morning, we will have exclusive entry to Chichen Itza before the doors open to the public, followed by a short walk back to the hotel for a sumptuous breakfast. The visit also includes a special visit to the site for the evening Sound and Light show, considered one of the best in the world.

More about Chichen Itza…

Chichen Itza became a significant city in Mesoamerica around 700 CE, after the disintegration of the central Mexican capital of Teotihuacán. The ruins at Chichen Itza reflect several influences in architectural style, including Classic Maya (seen in the Casa Colorada building) and Toltec (seen in the High Priestess Grave pyramid). Though some archeologists speculate Mayas and Toltecs lived on the site at different times, the presence of Maya glyphs in Toltec buildings have led others to suggest that Chichen Itza was a cosmopolitan community. Many Mayan cities on the Yucatan peninsula have images glorifying a single leader, but Chichen Itza is distinctive for its representations of large groups of people, with references to multiple lineages, suggesting it was a cosmopolitan city with shared governance.