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Chichen Itza

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Ruins · Geologic Formations · Performances
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico. A tour of its complex architectural structures and stone monuments transports visitors back to Pre-Columbian times. Once overgrown with lush jungle, the intricate stone carvings depicting large snakes and jaguars and other artistic works, such as ancient pottery and idols, revealing the Maya and Toltec vision of the universe. Though many tourists spend the bulk of their Chichen Itza holiday roaming the renowned ruins of step pyramids and old living quarters, the surrounding area offers a range of other activities, from bird-watching and stargazing to hiking and swimming in cenotes surrounded by lush gardens. Plan how to spend your time in Chichen Itza and other destinations in Mexico using our Mexico tour itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Chichen Itza

Many visitors choose to visit Chichen Itza on a day trip. For those looking to spend a couple of days exploring the ancient ruins and their jungle surroundings, the nearby town of Piste offers accommodations in a variety of price ranges. If you wish to get away from tourist crowds, a quiet town of Valladolid is only 40 minutes away. Also, a handful of boutique colonial-style hotels and bungalows sit near the ruins and along the highway.
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