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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  • Actually nothing special from this place didn't wait. Thought sdishkom popular and "zatertoe". Was wrong. Really liked it. It is a pity that you cannot climb the pyramid, but this beauty is worth a keep. Highly recommend to visit. Atmosphere and appearance are impressive. P.s. If you haggle, buy souvenirs at reasonable prices.
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  • To get there we have relied to colletivos that in Valladolid are next to the stop of the ADO. We took the colletivos of 730 and 830/840 we were already at the entrance. The Council very much at all to get there early before the tourist buses. We were able to take lots of photos without too many tourists! We hired the Guide to 900 pesos (list price) drove us for nearly 3 hours. The guide is called RAFAEL and is really proficient with a nice inexpensive Italian. Council really take the lead because otherwise you'll miss the steps and information that will leave you with my mouth wide open. This site is really well looked after. Is true is full of banquets inside but I found them assilanti. After visiting chichen itza I understand why is unesco. WONDERFUL
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  • It will be because our guide was very spiritual and made us live this monument so very deep, I remember a beautiful day. A really great story of humanity. Not to be missed if you are in the Yucatan. Very equipped. Great espresso and help!
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  • Amazing place well marketed, and worth the trip. My wife and me stayed all day long since we went on our own and not part of a tour. Although, if you want more information than the one on each monument, which is too merely, you must hire a local guide or buy a leaflet or the tour guide booklet in the library since none info is free. Try to get there as early as possible since this archaeological place tend to get really crowded. If you are part of a tour, prepare to run looking just a tiny part since this place is huge with lots of ruins to be covered for 2 to 3 hours trip. So, you may see part of it, and probably the most icons of it. But, honestly this place deserve to be visited and detailed at all. Giving 4 stars due to the fact that it could be a bit more organized due to the important past of humanity. Although, I would recommend to visit it hands down.
  • It's an amazing place, the sheer scope of the site is awe inspiring. The grounds are well maintained but it can be very crowded. We came to the sure from a cruise ship excursion and we're only able to spend an hour and a half. After a few minutes of the guided tour we left the group and explored on our own and we found that much more enjoyable. Almost the entirety of the grounds are surrounded by vendors, giving a bit of a flea market vibe on occasion. I would've liked to spend at least three hours really enjoying the grounds, so I wouldn't recommend anything less than two hours at the very minimum.
  • This was my second trip here, took the kids this time, and was much better. First trip was all day on a large tour bus, this one smaller, more private with Cancun Adventures. What a difference! I saw double what was offered last time. Got there when they opened before it was too hot, before the crowds and before the sellers were setup.. this way they don't bug you with there goods to sell. Recommend going, and go early!
  • Amazing. Take a tour with a guide it's worth it. So much history there you can feel a presence in the arena. Try clapping at the pyramid to hear the bird call it's mind blowing. Wear light clothing and DEFINITELY wear a hat. There is not much shade and it is HOT.
  • We did the "express van trip" instead of the tour bus. Well worth the few extra bucks. We had a great driver and tour guide. The ruins/hieroglyphics were incredible. Seeing all the vendors practically set up on the ruins made me sad but overall it was a truly phenomenal experience!
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