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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  • 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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