The Maya Underworld

Chichén Itzá is a fascinating place, and believe it or not, it’s just gotten even more so!

But let’s start from the beginning.

In case you aren’t familiar with it, here’s a quick 360° video from the The New York Times that will give you a sense of why it is considered a World Wonder.

It’s hard to believe that such a place could become more intriguing, but I just stumbled across a recent 360° video from National Geographic in which archaeologist Guillermo de Anda explains how there’s more below El Castillo than meets the eye — a lot more!

That video hardly scratches the surface of what Guillermo de Anda and Gran Acuífero Maya are discovering about underwater caves and their importance to the Maya.

Not only was Chichén Itzá built over a cave, that cave is connected to Sistema Sac Actun which is now considered to be the largest underwater cave system in the world. In addition, sinkholes called cenotes serve as a network of entrances to the cave system!

The most mind boggling thing of all is that divers are finding both Maya relics and much, much older human artifacts in the the underwater caves.

You can follow these links to learn more about these amazing discoveries!
Remains of Maya Underworld Found in World’s Longest Submerged Cave (Megan Gannon, Live Science)
Cave Full of Untouched Maya Artifacts Found at Chichén Itzá (Jason Daley, Smithsonian Magazine)
World’s Largest Underwater Cave System Discovered in Mexico (Jason Daley, Smithsonian Magazine)

City of Chichén Itzá (UNESCO World Heritage Centre)
Chichén Itzá (National Geographic)

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