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Chichén Itzá adds new feather to its cap as one of the world’s 10 most Instagrammable heritage sites

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Chichén Itzá has come in seventh in a recent study tracking the world’s most famous heritage sites. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The ruins of Chichén Itzá were declared a World Heritage site in 1988 and one of the New 7 World Wonders in 2007.

Now the archaeological site has been declared one of the 10 most famous and Instagrammable heritage sites worldwide, sharing the distinction with the likes of the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu.

Despite decades of excavations, new discoveries are continually being made at Chichén Itzá. Photo: INAH

The methodology employed took into consideration statistics, including the number of Instagram posts tagged on the app as well as other social media metrics.

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Major excavations are currently taking place in Chichén Itzá in order to open an entirely new section to the public known as Chichén Viejo, or old Chichén. Photo: INAH

A handful of critics have pointed out that this accolade may be seen as a little frivolous in comparison with Chichén Itzá’s status as México’s most visited archaeological site and World Heritage site.

That said, this acknowledgment underpins just how important Chichén Itzá is to México’s tourism industry. 

Though climbing Chichén Itzás structures is no longer allowed, there are still many sites, including Ek Balam and Calakmul, where you may still do so. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

In 2022 alone, Chichén Itzá attracted just over 3.5 million visitors, with just over half of those being international tourists.

Chichén Itzá is, of course, by no means the only archaeological site on the Yucatán Peninsula, with other heavy hitters including Tulum and Uxmal

The ancient city of Uxmal is among the most impressive archaeological sites in the state of Yucatán. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

In fact, the Peninsula has a total of 50 archaeological sites open to the public, with hundreds more found in the region’s jungles, mangroves, and brush. 

Pyramids, ancient temples and dwellings can be found just about everywhere in Yucatán, even within the city limits of Mérida, its capital and largest city. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

To learn more about archaeology in Yucatán and beyond, check out our Archaeology Monday weekly feature.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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