Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio

Chichén Itzá was a large pre-Columbian Maya city in Yucatán State, Mexico. The city was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic Period (c. 600–900 BCE) through the Terminal Classic (c.800–900 BCE) and into the early portion of the Postclassic (c. 900–1200 BCE). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of those seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities and may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.

The ruins today are federal property, and the site's stewardship is maintained by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. The land under the monuments had been privately owned until 2010, when it was purchased by the state of Yucatán. Chichén Itzá is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with over 2.6 million tourists in 2017.

Here photographed: (left) Plataforma de las Aguilas y los Jaguares and (right) Plataforma de los Cráneos

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Photo by @FransLanting Happy World Penguin Day! If you ever feel a bit overfed consider this emperor penguin chick with its bulging belly filled to capacity after a huge meal of fish and squid regurgitated by one of its parents standing guard. Emperor penguin parents travel for days across the sea ice surrounding Antarctica to bring food from the open ocean back to their chicks. It’s a race against time, because the young penguins must grow up and fledge before the sea ice melts out from under their feet. Nobody knows what the ultimate effects of global warming will be for these remarkable birds, but while they do what they do best, it’s our responsibility to look ahead to safeguard a future for them. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see more of these heroic birds. If you would like to own a signed print of another emperor penguin image I made, check the @natgeocreative link in my Instagram profile—the prints are only $100 and the sale ends April 28.
@thephotosociety #Penguins #EmperorPenguins #PenguinChick #Antarctica #Happiness #Family #Parents #ClimateChange


Would you jump in??? 😱😱😱 Natural pool in Wimberley - Texas ✨💚💚💚✨ Picture by ✨✨@everchanginghorizon✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature 💚


Blame the Red | Photograph by Melih Ersahin
“This photo was taken in the Salt Lake flats in Ankara, Turkey,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Melih Ersahin, “as part of an ongoing project named Fabric Stories.”

“The richness of the red in this frame is just breathtaking. I love the shape you created with the fabric and how the eye is pulled from one edge of the frame to another. Well done, Melih!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


Photo by @safromabove
Any gnomes down there? “This spot has always been a favorite of mine,” says drone photographer Bo Le (@safromabove). “It looks like a magic garden out of a fairy tale.” #WHP🌲


A few of the amazing images featured in this year's Earth Day Flash Sale of signed prints. To see more, visit crtve.ng/NG-Flash or click on the link in our profile. This chance to collect hand signed photographs from Nat Geo photographers only lasts until April 28th. Photos by @erikalarsen888, @michaelnicknichols, @ljohnphoto


“Barkley's motto: "Always wear protection" #fromfleasduh
We always want to make sure Barkley is protected from fleas and ticks! Picking up PetArmor from @Walmart is so convenient and application is super easy.” writes @barkleysircharles #PetArmorApproved #ad #dogsofinstagram


With @natalyosmann. #followmeto mysterious Venice. This was the time people thought Nataly was walking naked on the streets :)). Actually she wasn’t - this is just me finding a good angle. First time in Venice and I can definitely say that this was one of the most romantic places we have been to.
P.s I know it is a mask, but always had a feeling that it is looking me right in the eyes, whenever I saw this picture :)
❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍ ❝¿¿What is your most romantic place you have ever visited? ❞

#ⒻⓄⓁⓁⓄⓌⓂ️ⒺⓉⓄ #следуйзамной в Венецию. Помню, как мы бегали по городу в поиске идеальной маски. К нашему удивлению, найти, ту самую, было достаточно сложно. Конечно, они все были очень красивыми, но почему-то казались туристическими. Вам может показаться, что Наташа тут чуть ли не голая, но это не так. Оптический обман :). Это был мой первый раз в Венеции и я точно могу сказать, что это один из самых романтичных городов, в котором мы когда-либо были. Он навсегда останется в моём сердце. ❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍❍ ❝¿¿Какое ваше самое романтичное место?? ❞:)


Exploring Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market with some great folks to celebrate the launch of the brand new @chase Sapphire Six guide to #Seattle (link in bio), scroll through to see if we found the best grilled cheese in town #sapphireonlocation #chasepartner #sapphireinsider


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