Chichén Itzá in Yucatán State, Mexico, was a pre-Columbian city built by the Mayans. The area was originally settled around 450 A.D. It became a center of Mayan culture and society and remained so for nearly 1,000 years. Excavation of the ruins began in 1841. By then, over 100 years had passed since the city was abandoned, but the building materials and techniques used by the Mayans assured that much had survived. Many of the site’s structures are notable for the ir beautiful proportions and their remarkable carved decorations. Join this Expedition to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about the ancient Mayan civilization.