We just returned from seeing the ruins and it should be noted that the government is doing its best to get them listed as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. As such, there is no more climbing on the temple this year.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Vsurg (talk • contribs) 1 Jan 2007
We recently visited Chichen Itza areound the Christmas Holidays 2009. I had been there about 5+ years before. I can't tell you how disappointed I was that it was turned into a flea market. I'm not talking outside the site but literally inside the archeological site itself. There were vendors selling their stuff along the paths to different pyramids. It was difficult to take in the wonder of it when you had people trying to sell you hankies,masks,drums,etc. as you're trying to appreciate the site. I don't know what the powers to be are thinking letting this go on. I personally would not go back. It really does take away from it. It was mentioned that the government had a hand in this. Wrong way to go!!
The conquistadors did not conquer the city, it was already abandoned by the time the spanish arrived, the page says "Chichen Itza remained a place of pilgrimage for the Maya until it was conquered by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century." which is completely wrong. the cause of the abandonment of Chichen Itza is unknown, but it is known that the spanish found it completely abandoned and even camped there for a while.
I am correcting this point