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Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
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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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  • A bit unusual because the main pyramid has been restored on the front but not on the back. I thought it made the experience better. The hawkers inside the park were busy making a living while not... 
    A bit unusual because the main pyramid has been restored on the front but not on the back. I thought it made the experience better. The hawkers inside the park were busy making a living while not...  more »
  • We arrived at opening time which proved to be worth it, when we left at 11am, there were queues and nowhere to park the car (also bearing in mind the heat at this time of day, yikes!). A beautiful... 
    We arrived at opening time which proved to be worth it, when we left at 11am, there were queues and nowhere to park the car (also bearing in mind the heat at this time of day, yikes!). A beautiful...  more »
  • Active Archeological site. We arrived right at opening during the shoulder season early september, and was able to park and immediately get into the complex. The line for tickets at 8am was perhaps 4....  more
    Active Archeological site. We arrived right at opening during the shoulder season early september, and was able to park and immediately get into the complex. The line for tickets at 8am was perhaps 4....  more »

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