Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza

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Over a thousand years old yet remarkably well-preserved, the World Heritage-listed Mayan architecture of Chichen Itza draws huge numbers of tourists every year. Once one of the largest Maya cities, the ruins consist of numerous stone buildings, originally linked by a well-planned network of paved streets. The biggest crowds gather at the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, when the sun's rays produce an illusion of a snake climbing up the stairs of the imposing central pyramid. A nightly light-and-sound show recreates the spectacle for those visiting at other times. Use our Chichen Itza day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Chichen Itza and other attractions in Chichen Itza.
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  • I loved meeting this wonder of the modern world. We went through the company Uncle Baby which is cool, since the contacts still in Brazil. Gabriela is a amazing person, makes it impossible for help and stayed late into the night docking. The place is amazing, our Rooster tab all local history narrated, took all the doubts. Recommend 1000 times more would.
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  • Price: PKNG: 30 pesos (1.5 Euros) + 254 pesos per person (12.5 euros) time of visit: 2 H to 3 H was carried away: hat (if you do not, you will easily find the site, I would say they'll come alone to you through seller of the entrance of the) site!), sunscreen, anti mosquito, water! The city is on the world heritage of UNESCO and, since 2007, regarded as one of the 7 Wonders of the world of the new modern world! Just like that! It was built at this location to share the presence of 2 cenotes, because in the region's major water source. Suddenly, Chichen Itza takes its name from this underground water source: Chi means "mouth" and Chen means "well". Itza, meanwhile, would be the name of the group that founded the city towards the 500 years after JC. Breathtaking ruins spanning 300 ha. Many fine restored buildings. The city was abandoned around 1185 2 entries, as for Uxmal we pay 2 tickets (one for the State and one for the federal or national). As we arrived early in the morning it was still not too crowded. So we waited to buy tickets. Once passed the admission / admission, there are souvenir shops and toilets. We then on the site and WAHOUUUU it goes directly to the CASTILLO right before us. All buildings are scattered over a carpet of greenery. Sometimes, one enters the slot wood to observe well hidden buildings. 2 Cenotes are splendid. There are plenty of sellers of craft products. DON'T hesitate to negotiate, you will get good price. VISIT enchanted us, and when we left the site at around 11:30 there were a lot of people coming! BUILDINGS / things to see North ZONE: STYLE MAYAN TOLTEC CASTILLO: pyramid. To get to the top, the Maya used 91 steps separating laterally in 365 steps (as many markets as of days in a year). TZOMPANTLI (skull wall): vast temple of warriors with its 1000 columns. JUEGO DE LA court (ball game): the largest field of the Mexico game. TEMPLO INFERIOR LOS JAGUARES (temple of the Jaguars): built at the same time as the Castillo, it owes its name to the small sculpture representing a jaguar at the entrance of the temple. PLATAFORMA DE LAS ÁGUILAS Y JAGUARES (platform of the Eagles and jaguars): at every corner, we see a jaguar. PLATAFORMA DE VENUS (platform of Venus): small temple. CENOTE DE LOS by (well of sacrifice): deep natural well, about 69 meter diameter. We are throwing offerings and performed human sacrifices. 21 skulls of children were discovered. Surrounded by vegetation and forbidden access! GRUPO DE LAS MIL columns Y TEMPLO DE LOS GUERROROS (the 1000 column group and warrior temple): A GIGANTIC ŒUVRE masterpiece! Central area: STYLE MAYA TUMBA DEL GRAN SACERDOTE (grave of the high priest): small pyramid with stairs on each side. TEMPLO DEL VENADO (the deer Temple): in very poor condition. CASA COLORADA (Red House). OBSERVATORIO EL CARACOL (Observatory): called caracol by its spiral staircase, it is amazing to be built based on the appearance of certain stars at specific times of the year. EDIFICIO DE LAS MONJAS (temple of the nuns): in very poor condition due to the intervention of an unorthodox archaeologist (Augustus the plunge, photographer and archaeologist, said that the Mayans were at the origin of Freemasonry... so, to see that) This building was in the belly, he did everything backfired dynamite). IGLESIA (Church): Square next to the annex building. TEMPLO DE LOS designed (Temple of the panels): small building. CENOTE of XTOLOC: huge natural well sacred, we are throwing offerings and beings humans! Surrounded by vegetation, we can distinguish it in some places.
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  • Spectacular in all its ancient beauty I got excited over a place as old and as important historically must see recommended taking a guide that explains all the archaeological area as both divided inside you will find the local people selling handmade items
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  • It is surprising that most of these buildings has not been turned into ruins! Super well kept, what an exciting experience. What you see when you visit is one of the oldest places in the world, and to this day you can see the ORIGINAL hard work that was build long long time ago. Be aware, it is super hot! Bring a light short sleeve shirt and shorts, put on sunscreen and MOSQUITO REPELLENT(!!), and bring lots of water. But still, it is a super great experience!
  • This is one of the most fantastic places I've ever been. Absolutely stunning! It's definitely best to take a guided tour of this area as they fill you in on the history rich culture that existed here. So much amazing architecture to see. Definitely take sunblock, water, and some sturdy shoes (no flip-flops or heels people). Very enchanting place to visit. If you can unleash your imagination, you will travel back in time as you explore these mind blowing ruins. Good luck getting a picture of a pyramid without other tourist in it!
  • Awe-inspiring historical site. Guided tours are definitely worth the price because there is so much unique information. Early tours are also a good idea because it gets crowded very quickly in the late morning. The site is huge and you could easily spent 5-6 hours here if you want to learn something about each of the sites.
  • This is a "must go" once in a lifetime experience! The tours and guides are awesome! You can tell they really enjoy and love what they do. Don't be annoyed by the people at the booths trying to sell you everything they got along the way.... that's what they're supposed to do. Just don't be fooled, they say only for a $1 or almost free as a tactic, but still have good pricing, be willing to walk away and they will keep dropping that price too! Be sure to have plenty "pesos!!!" Understand the value diff between American dollars and pesos so they don't get you. Have fun!
  • What an amazing experience to visit a site of historical significance like this. Arrive early if you can, it starts getting crowded after 11 or so. The area is wide and open so make sure you prepare adequately. The ball court and main temple were a site to be seen, really great to see and the scale is hard to get from pictures. Make sure you check out the old area too, particularly the Nunnery and Observatory which were incredible.
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