Archeologists have found a fortune in gold and jade at the Cenote
Sagrado sacred cenote "say no-tay" in Chichen Itza. A
cenote is a deep sinkhole with water at the bottom,
This well was used strictly for ceremonies, not for drinking.
According to legend, people were sacrificed here to honor the rain
god Chaac. They also tossed copper, gold, and jade offerings
into the cenote
The Mayans were very interested with the stars. Their observatory
is a complicated structure with a circular tower. Through slits
in the tower's walls, Mayan astronomers could observe the stars
The temple's name, which means "snail" comes from
a spiral staircase inside the structure, which is now closed to
visitors. Design of copper plate found in the cenote at Chichen
Itza is shown at right.
Chichen Itza is a popular side trip from Cancun