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Report: Yucatan Government Buys Chichen Itza

April 2, 2010 By: Joe Pike

According to, the Yucatan government recently forked over $17.6 million to take control of the 205 acres of Chichen Itza zone, a site that draws tourists from around the world each year.

The land was owned by businessman Hans Jurgen Thies Barbachano. While the ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property the land under the monuments had been privately owned for hundreds of years. The transaction puts and end to years of bickering over the site.

Chichen Itza is a a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-most visited of Mexico's archaeological sites. Chichen Itza's El Castillo was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World after a worldwide vote in 2007.



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