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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Took the alltourventures trip with Maylou (Mary Louise) as a guide and Roberto as the driver. It was an amazing day going to Chichenitza then to the cenote were we had a shaken blessing then repelling... more »
Impresive piramids, temples, Cenotes, temples. It never ceases to marvel you. The show of light and sound is incredible too. It is a pity that street vendors are allowed in the ruins, there are more t... more »
What a fantastic place to visit. We booked our visit with Cancun Passion from our hotel. The site is vast and is easily accessible from Cancun, travel time took about two hours. There is no access to the top of temples. Our guide, Noe (Noah), had a real passion for the site and the history of the Mayan people. It is really breath taking to see the temples and remains of the ball courts and other buildings. When we visited in November we had several downpours of rain, so take an umbrella as there is little cover, especially in the main plaza. There are sellers selling various items all throughout the main walkways within the site. They will encourage you to look at their stalls, but a polite No Thank you does the job. According to our guide, those persons on the stalls do not sell locally produced goods which help the local community. Great little sayings such as "one dollar, almost free" and "buy now pay later". Take plenty of water, sunscreen and some comfy shoes as there is plenty of walking to be done. You could easily spend a whole day here and still have more to explore.
No words can explain what it is to visit a place of such historical, spiritual and cultural significance/heritage. To stand in awe in the magnificent achievements of people centuries passed that we today still don't understand fully. I can't express how blessed I feel to have had the pleasure of seeing one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
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