Why did the Mayans abandon Chichén Itzá?

Exactly why any of this transpired, though, is a mystery. Scholars have suggested a number of potential reasons for the downfall of Maya civilization in the southern lowlands, including overpopulation, environmental degradation, warfare, shifting trade routes and extended drought.

How long was Chichén Itzá abandoned?

Chichen Itza DiscoveryRoughly all sources agree that from approximately 550 AD to 800 AD, Chichen Itza existed mainly as a ceremonial center for the Maya civilization. The area was then largely abandoned for about a hundred years (no one knows reason ), to be resettled around 900 AD again.

Why was Chichen Itza abandoned?

What happened to Chichén Itzá?

Long abandoned by the Spanish, and then by the newly formed country of Mexico, Chichen Itza became a significant architectural site in the mid-1800s. It remains so today. A number of important structures of the original city remain standing, some thanks to restoration efforts on the part of the Mexican government.

Why can’t you climb Chichén Itzá anymore?

INAH has been closing monuments to public access over the past several years and visitors can no longer climb them or go inside their chambers. Another fair reason behind the restriction was a couple of accidents. People use to trip or even fall due to the steep steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkan.

Do the Mayans still exist?

While archaeological relics may be all that's left of their past, the Maya still exist in the present. More than six million Maya descendants live in modern Central America, where more than 30 languages stemming from ancient Mayan are still spoken.

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