Chichén Itzá (chee-CHEN eet-SAH) is one of the most visited ancient sites in the world. Approximately 1.2 million people visit each year. Located in present-day Mexico, the ancient city was the center of the Mayan Empire from 750 to 1200 a.d.
Government authorities and historians have concerns about the growing number of tourists in places like Chichén Itzá. When people visit, they spend money, helping local economies. But tourists expect to see the sights, which often include fragile ruins that weren’t built for the large numbers of people visiting them today.