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Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza

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Ruin Landmark
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. Chichen Itza is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Chichen Itza Edition.
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  • This place is such a great experience. Everything about the area is so 8nteresting to learn about. Don't make eye contact with any of the hundreds of peddlers of junk spread through the entire area. I...  more »
  • Must see in Mexico, popular No. 1 ancient Maya city. There are a lot to visit and study in the area. I joined a small group tour from Merida, pros know the details and story, cons not enough time to v...  more »
  • Liked everything on the site, but it's ruined by the on site vendors. Frankly we were shocked that a Unesco site would have this situation. The large pyramid and ruins are encircled by trees which wou...  more »
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  • Loved it! We you Eric Martinez with Mayan Destination Services for a private tour and it was amazing. There were lots of people walking around without guides and without a guide its cool to look at but you need the history of it. It changes the way you see these temples. You can no longer get on any of the temples thanks to people carving there names into them and leaving trash.
  • It is amazing to see. I always thought it was one big pyramid. There are like 3 big pyramids and 4 other huge structures. It covers a large area. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Wear some good shoes. Flip flops would be a bad idea. There isn't much shade. It is truly wonderful to experience.
  • Its one of the SEVEN WONDERS of the world! Beautiful! I recommend having a tour guide some of them have great information to share which guarantee you get the most out of your visit. Weather can be unpredictable heavy rain one minute, sunny skies the next minute taking an umbrella might be something to consider. I strongly recommend taking bug repellant.
  • This place is amazing! Awe inducing. I saw the pyramid, and literally stopped in y tracks. Pictures don't do it justice. And the columns, if I told you that columns we cool, you d think I was crazy. I'm not, they're awesome. The only downside is all the vendors giving you the hard sell as you walk by them.
  • Visited the ruins for the first time, very impressive! The tours are given in both Spanish & English. It's about a 2 hour bus ride from Cancun, so consider it an all-day event. Lots of people selling things, so be ready to haggle. There's a lobby area that has shops, places to eat, etc. They accept cash (Pesos, Dollars, Euros) and credit cards. Bring bug spray, or buy some of the Mayan made stuff for about $7 US.