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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  • After years, I returned to this archaeological site where you can see in its splendor this Mayan settlement. The game of pelota, the pyramid and all other temples, columns and friezes carry you back to a time when these forests were populated by hundreds of thousands of people, with their habits and their cruel rites. Interesting, shame about the countless stalls that make the site a bazaar of junk.
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  • The trip from Playa Del Carmen was long but it was worth it. Not sure about others but renting a car just adds to tactical details.  more »
  • Visit in the morning early (open at 9) because even the morning of the world there to avoid the heat, groups and vendors not bad with a guide to explain ts symbols and rites Maya Site smaller than I imagined can be done between 1 h a2h entry 254 pesos Guide 1200 pesos
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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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