Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza
Categories: Ruins, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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 beautiful, but somekind scary because the story of some structures and the cenotes. It's very impressive. The design of those buildings and the pyramid is very sophisticated. My favorite... read more »
Chichen Itza is amazing, but I liked Uxmal a lot better. Chichen Itza is very spread out, so you get tired doing a lot of walking in the heat. By 10 or 11 all the crowds from the Mayan Riviera arrive.... read more »
I'm not into organised trips but this is a must! We arrived early in the morning after leaving the hotel at 5.30am and traveling for well over 2 hours, but this is the best way to visit most of the st... read more »
Must visit if you're in Mexico. It's a nice getaway from your all inclusive. You'll get an authentic experience of this country's culture. We booked our tour with BestDay Travels. Jesus was our tour guide, and he was very entertaining. We also had lunch at an authentic Mexico buffet. What an experience! Food was amazing.
This place is wonderful tour guide was archeologist there and was amazing to us. This place is truly one of the world's greatest wonders architecturally culturally and acoustically. Just simply the most spectacular Mayan archeological sight there is.
Fantastic! This site is a mind blowing experience. From Cancun, the trip is two hours to the site. To see what was built there so long ago, with the main temple in pretty good shape, it is definitely worth the price for this excursion. The whole site is quite large with so much history, I would definitely suggest going with a tour guide. This area is extremely hot, I would suggest a hat that protects your face but also your neck, and bring your sunscreen! Also, I would bring a shoulder strapped insulated liquid container full of water. We brought water in our backpack and within minutes the water was warm.
It was a spectacular experience with our Mayan speaking tour guide Tacho Cante. He can be found on facebook. We booked through Cancun Adventures. He is very knowledgeable and kind, we were surprised how great the experience was without having time to look up reviews. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese & English. Highly recommended.
Victoria S H
This review is based on the experience of the day: the ruins are great, full of history (it was my dream to see it since I was a kid). Unfortunately the whole experience was completely spoiled by numerous vendors selling the same cheap stuff literally on every single corner! We did not want to be rude so ended up just saying "NO" all the time! Also if you are paying by card you are made to pay part of the fee to one cashier and the rest to the other ( does not make sense...) Make sure you are early better to be around 8am when it's just opening (if you come from Tulum, Playa del Carmen or CanCun- you can take ADO bus to Valladolid (arrives around 7am and cost approx 200 pesos) than take a collectivo 30 pesos to Chichen Itza - you'll be there by 7.50am. (Collectivo is just outside of ADO station, don't cross the road stay right to the exit from the station on the left side people will be offering collectivos) By 11am the site will be filled by excursions crowds so no way to take a photo without anyone on the background. Also it's quite hot to walk around hence: loads of water and insect repellent is a must (I don't use any chemicals so would recommend to use citronella oil - Google how to make your own remedy as it works even better than DEET) Difficulty level: there is plenty of shade in comparison to Ankor Wat, Cambodia, so if you are first on the site before the heat begins with plenty of water and occasional breaks pretty much everyone shall be fine.
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