Mexico's Pyramids


Did you know that most of the world’s pyramids are located in the Americas?




Mexico alone has about 30 ancient pyramids. These pyramids were built by native peoples, such as the Maya and the Aztecs. Many pyramids are built to face the sunrise or sunset on important dates. Usually, there is a temple on top of the pyramid.




The pyramid in this picture is called The Temple of Kukulkán. It is about 1000 years old, and is located in Chichén Itzá, Mexico. It has exactly 365 steps: 91 steps on each side, plus one step at the entrance. This pyramid was built for the ancient feathered snake god, called “Kukulkán.”




Today, only a few pyramids allow visitors to climb to the top. However, visitors can still enjoy taking pictures, walking around the ruins, and learning about the peoples of ancient Mexico.