When Chichen Itza began to decline, people began to gradually abandon the city. Nevertheless, the descendants of the wise Mayan lords, who oversaw the construction of the city, still inhabit the Yucatan today.
Perhaps they no longer build temples and they don't use limestone so often as a building material, but they still use a lot of the natural resources found in the area, such as wood, leather and precious materials, also stones such as amber, jade and obsidian are used to create unique works of art; techniques that have been handed down through many generations. Through their works of art you get a glimpse of their traditions, ideology and dreams.
Pottery, basketry, weaving and embroidery, jewelry, wood and rock carvings, as well as paintings and leather pieces, are all artistic expressions created by the inhabitants of this region, which bear replicas of the symbols, inscriptions and glyphs from the temples and the Mayan codices.
The environment provides locals with other elements they display on their artwork, such as corn and maize motifs (Mexico's most important staple crop), as well as flowers, snakes, frogs and deer. Another source of inspiration is their religious faith and Christian beliefs, which can be appreciated in the wooden crosses they make with engravings of the Virgin of Guadalupe made with obsidian, jade and even silver incrustations, not found anywhere else in the world.
We recommend shopping at the many stands both inside and outside Chichen Itza. In most cases, it is the artisans themselves who sell their work and they will gladly explain the meaning of the Mayan motifs, should you wish to know. Buy a small piece of history and take home a fantastic souvenir of your trip to the mystical city of Chichen Itza.