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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  • Did it on our own since excursion package came out approximately 170 dollars per person and it took 12 hours and group! to be more comfortable we rented a car from 80 dol, put two hours of travel to get and buy the ticket with guide. We were the entire 3 hours almost alone with him, who was explaining us everything perfectly. The ruins are beautiful, go with sunscreen, hat and comfortable clothes. The ticket included lunch so after we ate there before. It is a mandatory walk where one remains astonished by this civilization and culture. We were much more comfortable than if we had been on the Group and ended up leaving less, with a single Guide for us. I recommend this option.
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  • Recommend to visit the site with a guide. only in this way you will understand and appreciate the true meaning of the place ...
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  • This visit was a great occasion for us to understand better the maya culture and why Chichen Itza was chosen to be one of the seven wonders. However the experience could not have been so meaningful if...  more »
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  • Breath-taking. This was a 'bucket list' item for me and I was not disappointed. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He passed out tablets with a slide show of what to look for at the site. The bus was clean and comfortable. Decent snack/lunch too. Well worth the time, effort and price. Not to be missed!
  • Breathtaking, amazing place and history. Really cool acoustic effects in some areas as well. I went with a guide, but would recommend reading up on these elements before hand if going it alone. There are a lot of vendors, but they’re avoided easily enough. Definitely worth seeing
  • CRAZILY over-run with tourists and hawkers. Thousands and thousands of people. We queued for over an hour to get in at 8am. You can't explore these ruins as they're all cordoned off. Hard to take them in through the armies of guides leading their immensely bored looking groups. Felt sort of Disney. Good place to buy souvenirs though as there is so much competition. Before being declared one of the world's seven wonders this place would have been...now it's the least impressive of all the Mayan sites I've been to.
  • We've all seen the pyramid on so many photos that we may think that we know what to expect. This is one of those sites that you really need to have a decent guide. Not only is there so much more on the main site, but you need to understand the place that this site fills in history. You also have to keep in mind that only 40% of the area has actually been excavated. Inside the huge compound there are many sales people. What is important to note that there is also a set of toilets, and, near the toilets, reasonably priced cold drinks.
  • The site is pretty amazing. Historically it's rich and there is alot to learn here. A great guide is helpful. The individual sites each have a story worth knowing. This was a real bucket list place and it was worth the trip to come here and see it in person.

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