The Maya left behind a lot of secrets that are still hidden in their grandiose constructions and encrypted in hundreds of hieroglyphs. Not all structures have been carefully studied. Every year, archeologists and researchers use the most advanced technologies to uncover the mysteries hidden behind the walls of temple complexes, buried in the depth of sacred cenotes and caves.
We carefully studied all the modern data about the Maya civilization and revealed the secrets of centuries-old ruins that tour guides never show to ordinary tourists.
1. Temple of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza
This is what the pyramid looked like when it was first photographed back in 1880 — almost completely hidden in the jungle. Kukulkan has 9 platforms and 4 stairs with a total of 365 steps, which is equal to the number of days of the year.
During the autumn equinox and the vernal equinox, after 5 PM, one could see a crawling shadow of a snake on the pyramid’s balustrade. In March, it’s moving upwards, in September — downwards. The illusion goes on for almost 3 hours and attracts thousands of tourists who come here to see such a unique event.
Another mystery of the Maya is hidden inside the pyramid. If you remove the upper layer of stones, you’ll see another pyramid of a smaller size and even a third smaller one inside of the second pyramid; it has a secret room in it.
Only recently, researchers used the magnetospheric exploration of the soil and found an underground lake 65 ft below the pyramid of Kukulkan. It might be one of the Maya sacred cenotes. Archaeologists believe that the water might loosen the ground resulting in the destruction of the pyramid in the near future.
The whole pyramid serves as some kind of a resonator. When people go up its stairs, on the inside, one could hear sounds similar to the calls of the sacred bird Quetzal. The bird lived in the local forests and was sacred among the Maya. In 2006, a tourist fell off the stairs; after the accident, the pyramid was closed to the public. Today, you can only look at it from the distance.