Chichen Itza Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 82%Local Culture
- 75%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Family Travelers
- 72%Adventure Travelers
- 72%Spiritual Seekers
- 67%Art & Design Lovers
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- Chichen ItzaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Jun 08, 2014
Chichen Itza is one of the most mind-blowing archeological sites on the planet. The sprawling complex of pyramids, temples, and other sites (including a court for an early version of basketball where the losers lost their heads) is amazing. It is a couple of hours drive from Cancun or Tulum.Recommended for:
- Chichen ItzaMar 19, 2014
Chichen Itza is an amazing archaeological site, and one of the most popular in the Yucatan Peninsula. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, the ruins include impressive palaces, temples, and altars, as well as the largest-known ball court in the Maya world. Chichen Itza is located just two hours from Cancun; it's easy to book a tour from your hotel but almost as easy to do it on your own by bus or rental car. If you do opt to do it yourself arrive early (it opens at 8am)--tour groups start to take over the place around 10am.Recommended for:
- Chichen ItzaMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Chichen Itza is the real life Apocalypto. The ruins of the Maya civilizations rise dramatically from the hot and humid expanse of the Yucatan Peninsula. In Yucatec Maya, Chichen Itza actually means 'at the mouth of the well' which is fitting because after the high priests ripped out the hearts of the losing team from the game played on the Great Ball Court, they threw the players still twitching bodies down the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkan (29 meters tall) and later tossed the human sacrifices into the well, an underground river, locally known as a 'cenote' that was their well of souls, so to speak.Recommended for:
- Chichen ItzaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 4Jul 18, 2013
Chichen Itza is a wonder of our world. The magnitude alone will take your breath away. Read about the ruins beforehand and it will make your experience even better. As a side note, too many vendors that are everywhere which spoils the overall feel from the experience. Don't forget to bring you sunblock.Recommended for:
- Chichen ItzaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 2Dec 30, 2012
Here on the Dec 21st, 2012. Festive and incredibly place with the main pyramid being a breathtaking view. Expansive site with many ruins, get a good guide to explain the history of the ruins. Be sure to check out the cenote nearby (5 minute walk from the main temple) . The entire place can be seen in about 3-4 hours
Incredibly special and honored to be here on the day the Mayan calendar ended.
- Chichen ItzaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersSep 08, 2012
Coming to visit a place like Chichen Itza gives you a great appreciation for some of the civilizations than came before us. I happened to be at Chichen Itza on the day of the winter solstice, so there were a couple of special things that happened as a result (all calculated by those crazy mathematically giften Mayans!). Even on a normal day, at exactly noon (or 3pm, I can't remember), the shade covers exactly half of the biggest pyramid and sun is on the other half, and then the shadows form a snake on the corners of the pyramid. I am doing a terrible job describing it, but it's impressive to think about how much calculation went into the construction of these structures. We took a tour that our hotel set up for us, and our tour guide, Hugo, was awesome. Very knowledgeable and helpful, and added so much cultural background to our visit that I think our trip was much better for it!
I also came here once in the 90's -- back then you could actually climb the big pyramid and check out the amazing view from the top. Nowadays, I hear you can't do that anymore because a tourist tumbled down the side of it and since then they have shut down the pyramid for tourists to climb.
This is a place you cannot miss -- if you've never been, it is so worth it!
- Chichen ItzaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversAug 29, 2012
We visited here as a day trip from Puerto Aventuras but spending longer than a day could be easily done as there is so much to see. Highlights include the Pyramid of Kukulcan or El Castillo, the most famous landmark of Chichen Itza. The Interior Temple where you used to be able to go up a steep interior stairway up to the room on the top. Most of the monuments can no longer be climbed. But still worth seeing is Temple of the Warriors. Also see the Great Ballcourt for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame. The Temple of the Jaguars is next to the ballcourt complex with stone jaguar, feathered serpent columns and murals inside. The cave-like cenotes are also worth visiting, particularly the Cenote of Sacrifice.
- Chichen ItzaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 05, 2012
It will take some time to get there and some effort dealing with the heat.
But if you do you will see one of the largest mayan cities known to man still in somewhat pristine condition. Its something to check out if you have the opportunity and probably give some sense of what other sites would be like. I imagine this to be what machu pichu would be like... but on top of a mountain.
There's so much to see and learn that it can be overwhelming so I've resigned myself to simply climbing the pyramid and taking in the view. Watch out, those steps are steep.
- Chichen ItzaJul 04, 2012
If you have never experienced Mayan ruins and are in the Yucatan, Chichen Itza is a must see. In fact, it is currently considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. The pyramid architecture is awe-inspiring, as is the organization of the city structure. Take the time to walk to the cenote sagrado and to visit the ancient astronomical observatory. When I visited, the site was crowded with tourists and souvenir vendors, but still worth the trip.
- Chichen ItzaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Jun 22, 2014
A truly incredible site. It is huge (so much more than just the Single pyramid), and takes time to cover. I strongly suggest getting a guide, as the site has many aspects which are not covered in the guide books.
Arriving early in the morning (by 930am) will enable you to park your car in the shade and get a head start before the heat and the sheer number of tourists gets unbearable.
To really see the full site, you probably need approximately 3 hours. If you are only there for the Pyramid and the ball court, you can wrap things up in half that time.
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