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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. 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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  • Great temple in good condition. But unfortunately we can not climb to its top. Great tour around several building, we must tell 3 hours.
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  • It is a compulsory excursion during your visit to the Riviera maya, we hired her with Andrés de la Mora a tour guide there and we left happy to. By the way as a Tip If you want to buy souvenirs is the best place and where them are going to find a better price, that Yes, you have to haggle.
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  • This was a two hour trip from our hotel but definitely worth the effort. I can understand why it is referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world. The architecture is amazing, and a wonderful g...  more »
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  • I went here back in 2011, before the world was destroyed haha. Touring the ruins gave me a profound sense of wonder. Not just for the ancients who originally built them, but also for the living Mexicans who have to rebuild them from essentially a pile of rubble. The finished temples, such as El Castillo, the temple of the panther warriors, the observatory and the Mayan ball court are true masterpieces of engineering. It is testament to the original builder's designs and modern builders thoughtful patience Despite these ruins being literally found in a pile of rubble, it never ceases to amaze me the the exacting precision that
  • Take enough time if you want to discover everything it's a huge place, min. 3 hours. There is quite little information provided unless you take a guide so might be worthwhile to read a bit about the place before. It's beautiful!!!
  • I've been to Chichen Itza 2 years ago. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Maya culture is unbelievably intriguing. The beauty of these temples will stay with me for as long as I live. I highly recommend seeing these temples at least once in your life. I could go back time and time again.
  • A must see. No doubt, an amazing wonder very well preserved. The park is huge and will take you more than 3 hours there. Hiring a local guide is a must to understand the buildings and the location
  • Amazing bit of history. It's a beautiful area. It's a shame they let so many people selling cheap knock offs in to sell on a sacred site to the Mayans. Don't buy from the people selling inside, you'd get better items at a market. The tour we went on, Caribbean Passion, took us to a nice one with a high variety of items.