Let’s agree upfront that visiting a virtual Chichen Itza can’t come close to visiting the real thing, but few of us will visit the real Chichen Itza even once in our lives. A virtual Chichen Itza has the advantage of being available to us every day to visit whenever we want. This writer has so far never managed to visit Mexico’s Chichen Itza, but has visited Second Life‘s Chichen Itza many times.
Mexico’s Chichen Itza, a Mayan city located on the Yucatan Peninsula, is over a thousand years old. The El Castillo pyramid, pictured on the left in Second Life at sunset, is probably the most well known and widely recognized monument at Chichen Itza, but it’s only one of the structures there. The pyramid has a square base and has one staircase on each side. Three of the staircases are 91 steps, and the fourth is 92 steps, for a total of 365, the number of days in a year.
A short walk from El Castillo, you’ll find the Sacred Cenote. Cenotes, limestone sinkholes, were essential to the Mayans in the arid Yucatan. The Sacred Cenote is one of two cenotes that remain today. It was probably used for human sacrifices to god rain god Chaac. Second Life’s Sacred Cenote is shown in the second picture.
On the other side of the El Castillo pyramid you’ll find the Temple of the Warriors and the Plaza of one thousand columns. The Second Life versions are in the third photo, showing the Temple of the Warriors in the background.
Second Life’s Chichen Itza is located in the Mexico sim, a project of the Mexico Tourism Board. Your avatar can teleport there at slurl.com/secondlife/Visit%20Mexico/197/70/39. The Board has a second Mayan area in Second Life, which I’ll report on in a future article.