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El Castillo: Chichén Itzá

El Castillo | photo by: ©Ted Van Pelt

Once a major regional hub in the Maya lowlands, Chichén Itzá now serves as a pre-Hispanic UNESCO World Heritage Site; an archaeological tourism point, thanks in part to the rediscovery of Maya civilization by American writer and explorer John Lloyd Stephens. Here lies El Castillo, the prominant Mayan step-pyramid, a gateway to serving the feathered serpent deity Kukulkan. With 91 steps on each of four sides, man’s final step to the top is the 365th, which coincides with the number of days found in The Maya Haab calendar.